Bloomsbury conservation group revamps its website and warns of threat to the area’s ‘special character’

The Bloomsbury Conservation Areas Advisory Committee (BCAAC) wants more people to visit its improved website to learn about the internationally renowned district but warns that heritage assets are facing "significant threats". BCAAC covers seven conservation areas in Central London. The website has been updated to include new information on the conservation areas (including Charlotte Street …

Camden Council quashes planning consent after claim to high court

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Camden Council has agreed to quash the planning permission it gave for the redevelopment of a site in Fitzrovia after the decision was challenged in the high court. Camden’s planning committee gave permission in the summer for a roof extension and other alterations to Cyclone House, 27- 29 Whitfield Street which stands on the corner …

Artist’s home and studio in Charlotte Street is given protected status

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A building containing the former family home of artist and designer couple Adrian and Corinne Heath and the studio of modernist artist Birgit Skiöld has been listed as a heritage asset because of its architectural and cultural value. Historic England has given Grade II listed status to the building at 28 Charlotte Street because it holds …

Conservationists ‘appalled’ over plans to demolish historic medical building to maximise floorspace

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Conservationists and local residents have lined up against plans to demolish an historic medical building in Huntley Street which was opened in 1927 by Neville Chamberlain. Camden's planning officers are, however, recommending approval of the plans and councillors are due to make a decision on the application at tonight's meeting. UCLH want to demolish the former UCL …

C20 Society propose heritage listing for Seifert’s Copyright House

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The Twentieth Century Society has made an application to English Heritage to list a building on Berners Street saying it is among the best of architect Richard Seifert's early works. Copyright House was constructed as a purpose built office block in the late 1950s and is a rare example of the architect's work from this …

Richard Seifert design among buildings facing demolition on Berners Street

A modernist building designed by Richard Seifert & Partners and a neo-Georgian building by Robert Angell & Curtis could be demolished in a redevelopment on Berners Street. Derwent London intend to submit a planning application to Westminster council in April to demolish three buildings and create a single new building. Derwent held an exhibition last …

Help us preserve the name Middlesex Hospital Chapel

By News Reporters The Middlesex Hospital Chapel at the heart of the building development known as Fitzroy Place is currently being restored as part of an agreement with Westminster City Council. It is a Grade II* listed building and it is the only part of the former hospital that still remains intact. However, the developers …

Colville Place paving should be repaired with care to maintain its character

By News Reporters Camden Council's plans to carry out "improvement works" to an 18th-century pedestrian way have been met with alarm by some people living along the little street. Colville Place is a paved court connecting Charlotte Street with Whitfield Street and dates back to 1766 and is frequently featured on photographs of the neighbourhood. It …

Sanderson owners plan refurbishment of fabulous showrooms

By News Reporters One of Fizrovia's most well-known and visually interesting buildings is to undergo a refurbishment. The owners of the Sanderson hotel on Berners Street have applied to Westminster Council to make alterations to the Grade II* listed building, and former furnishing fabric showrooms.  "The vision is to peel back the modern additions to …

Important historic building on Goodge Street demolished

By News Reporters All that is left of one of the oldest buildings on Goodge Street is a couple of courses of brickwork held up by scaffolding and steel girders. 1-3 Goodge Street was built in 1780 as part of a development undertaken by Francis and William Goodge with the builder and architect Jacob Leroux. The inside …

Michelin recognises Fitzrovia eateries in 2014 guide, but the food fight continues

The prestigious Michelin guide to restaurants and hotels has continued to recognise Fitzrovia restaurants and has also awarded new eateries. In its 2014 edition published this month nine Fitzrovia establishments are listed. However, food and restaurants arouse passions in the neighbourhood in many ways. Three restaurants -- Dabbous in Whitfield Street, Pied à Terre in …

Dan Cruickshank gives his support to save building from demolition

By News Reporters Dan Cruickshank visited Fitzrovia today to support campaigners in their efforts to save Goodge Street's oldest building from the wreckers ball. The architectural historian had written to Camden's planners urging them to reject an application to demolish the building which has many original Georgian interior features. 1-3 Goodge Street is currently empty …

Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank criticises plans to demolish Goodge Street building

By News Reporters Dan Cruickshank the architectural historian and BBC television presenter has given his support to save a building on Goodge Street from demolition. Cruickshank has written responding to a planning application submitted to Camden Council in May which proposes the redevelopment of the corner of Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road. The application …

Fitzrovia’s heritage and special quality are under threat

By Planning Correspondent There are currently development proposals which apart from other negative features involve the demolition of two Georgian buildings retaining only the facades: 74 Charlotte Street and 1-3 Goodge Street. Both are capable of refurbishment for continued use. 1-3 Goodge Street is the oldest building in the street (circa 1763) has a rare …

Iconic street is an important part of Fitzrovia’s character

By News Reporters An "iconic" Fitzrovia street under threat of over-development has been saved after Camden Council refused planning permission for a roof extension. In a decision made last week, the application was refused on conservation and other grounds. Residents, businesses and conservation groups had expressed great concern about a proposed roof extension in Charlotte …

Mayor of London will be challenged over Saatchi block intervention

By Linus Rees The Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced in June that he will determine a planning application to redevelop the Saatchi & Saatchi building in Fitzrovia and could overturn the decision made by Camden Council in May to refuse planning permission. The Mayor will use powers gained in 2008 which enables him to …

Oldest building on Goodge Street under threat from proposed redevelopment

By Angela Lovely Plans to redevelop the corner of Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road will destroy a Georgian building if planning permission is allowed. Number 1-3 Goodge Street was built in 1763 and retains many original external and internal features and has an unusual floor layout. It is the oldest building on Goodge Street …