Mission to save Oxford Street’s M&小号: 大设计’ Kevin McCloud and comedian Griff Rhys Jones join leading figures demanding Michael Gove spares 100-year-old store from the bulldozers
Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and comedian Griff Rhys Jones have joined leading figures in calling for a public inquiry into proposals to demolish 马莎百货‘s largest and most prestigious store on 伦敦‘s Oxford Street.
The high-profile public figures are among 27 people from the worlds of heritage, architecture and sustainability who have signed an open letter to Communities Secretary 迈克尔·戈夫.
In the two-page letter, which has been organised by campaigning group Save Britain’s Heritage, they call for Mr Gove to launch a probe into plans that they claim would ‘pump nearly 40,000 tonnes of C02 into the atmosphere’.
They call the proposals ‘wrong’ and ‘environmentally wasteful’ and say they would destroy and ‘elegant and important interwar building’.
Last month Mr Gove intervened by ordering a pause to the proposed development so that the plans could be scrutinised further.
中号&S wants to replace its 91-year-old landmark store with a 10-storey building and Westminster Council had given the green light to the plans before Mr Gove’s intervention. London Mayor Sadiq Khan had declined to intervene.
The 1930s Art Deco-style Orchard House is set to be demolished along with two other buildings that house M&S’s iconic flagship store.
In its place will be a modern 10-storey mixed-use building containing a new M&S store, along with cafe and restaurant areas, as well as prime office gym space and a new pedestrian arcade.
But while M&S bosses said the multi-million redevelopment would help maintain – and improve – its offering on Oxford Street despite the rapidly changing face of retail, critics reacted with fury at the loss of one of the famous location’s most iconic buildings.
The Greater London Authority’s carbon advisor Simon Sturgis had penned a report saying the demolition plan was at odds with planning policy.
Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and comedian Griff Rhys Jones have joined leading figures in calling for a public inquiry into proposals to demolish Marks and Spencer ‘s largest and most prestigious store on London ‘s Oxford Street. The 1930s Art Deco-style Orchard House is set to be demolished along with two other buildings that house M&安培;S’s iconic flagship store (如上图所示 2020 compared with its planned replacement)
Mr McCloud (剩下) and Mr Rhys Jones (对), who is also the president of the Victorian Society, have added their names to calls for a public inquiry into the project.
The letter signed by Mr McCloud and Mr Rhys Jones, who is also the president of the Victorian Society, argues that the building could remain standing ‘for another 100 years or more’ if planners make use of ‘design ingenuity’.
They want the existing building to be retrofitted rather than pulled down and replaced with a new one.
The letter has also been signed by several architects and the bosses of heritage campaigning groups.
Addressing Mr Gove, 以贬义的方式: ‘We believe the overall strategy for this site is wrong, with a development which is environmentally wasteful, destroys an elegant and important interwar building and, many feel, negatively affects Oxford Street and its wider West End neighbourhood. We should be adapting the building, not destroying it.
‘We now urge you to hold a public inquiry into these proposals which would unnecessarily pump nearly 40,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
‘In contrast to the slow release of carbon from existing buildings, these emissions would be released immediately because of the vast quantity of raw materials required such as steel and concrete.’
The letter goes on to reference Mr Sturgis’s report, which found that the M&S plans were incompatible with the Government’s commitment to reduce emissions by 68 百分之 2030.
In the two-page letter, which has been organised by campaigning group Save Britain’s Heritage, they call for Mr Gove to launch a probe into plans that they claim would ‘pump nearly 40,000 tonnes of C02 into the atmosphere’
A spokesman for the Mayor of London (图为) said last month there were not grounds for him to intervene in the application to knock down the 91-year-old landmark store, even though campaigners have highlighted the high level of carbon emissions that would result from the project
Marks and Spencer’s plan will see Orchard House and two other buildings – which have been home to the retailer since its construction in 1930 – completely demolished to make way for one new 10-storey building. 图为: The Marks and Spencer building in Oxford Street in 1964
它增加了: ‘While it cannot undo the harm caused by demolition, the proposed new M&S building makes several positive environmental moves and we believe this same design ingenuity could help deliver a comprehensive and successful retrofit scheme which would extend the life of this 1929 art deco landmark by another 100 年或更长时间。’
The experts argue a public inquiry would be ‘beneficial’ because it would allow the Government to ‘examine the carbon calculations in detail.’
中号&S’s plan will see Orchard House and two other buildings – which have been home to the retailer since its construction in 1930 – completely demolished to make way for one new 10-storey building.
中号&S will occupy just two and a half floors of the new building, rather than the five currently used. The other floors will be taken up by office and gym space.
中号&S chiefs say 90 per cent of materials from the old building will be recycled to develop the new building and that once complete the new site will be carbon positive – meaning it will actually take away carbon dioxide rather than produce it
After Mr Khan declined to intervene last month, 一位发言人说: ‘The Mayor can only intervene in council planning decisions where the proposed scheme does not conform with the London Plan.
‘After a thorough assessment of this proposal, including the total carbon footprint involved, it was determined that grounds did not exist to allow the Mayor to intervene.
‘It will therefore remain with Westminster City Council to determine the application.’
安M&S spokesperson previously said: ‘We are continuing to make progress on our plans to invest in the west end of Oxford Street for the long term by establishing a new, vibrant M&S store fit for modern retail, along with best in class sustainable office space.
‘We will keep the local community updated as our plans progress.’