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Shock new bid to save Robin Hood Gardens


Although coherently argued, the EH decision not to list was a mistake. Robin Hood Gardens was a flawed project, but it is undeniable that is of profound architectural and historic interest. The mendacious proposition that it was beyond repair was the same argument used to try to demolish Denys Lasdun's Bethnal Green apartments, now beautifully restored. RHG should be the subject of an exemplary retrofit and sold to the market, apart from those units which should be re-occupied by the many tenants who enjoyed living there. The waste of embodied energy and finance, and the cost of decanting and replacement, never made much sense. We should celebrate an estate which is world-famous, instead of focussing on its faults. the space standards are far higher that those in the ghastly hutches delivered across London in recent decades. Paul Finch

Posted date

17 March, 2015

Posted time

9:18 am