Is central London’s new square a public open space or a corporate plaza with petty rules?

Street sign saying Pearson Square W1, City of Westminster.

Property developer Exemplar boasts that its Fitzroy Place scheme has the first new public square in central London for over 100 years. But members of the public have been told they are not allowed to sit down and eat a sandwich there. In fact Pearson Square which has City of Westminster signs on it may be a …

Derwent London is turning a little oasis into dystopia

CCTV in operation 24-7.

"Someone described the area as a little oasis in Fitzrovia, and we would not want to change that. We are a property company with sensitivities. We want to get rid of the idea that we will come in and knock everything down.” -- Simon Silver of Derwent London (interview with property press, November 2009). A building …

Three weekends of road closures in final push to complete Fitzroy Place

Men laying tarmac.

Several streets in the centre of Fitzrovia will be closed over three weekends in June to enable resurfacing and paving works in Mortimer Street. The work is being carried out as part of the final stages of the troublesome Fitzroy Place development on the former Middlesex Hospital site. The work will be done by Volker Highways, acting …

Middlesex Hospital Chapel “was never named” say new trustees in response to petitions

Memorial plaques on wall of Middlesex Hospital Chapel.

Our campaign to preserve the name of the Middlesex Hospital Chapel took a bizarre turn this week when the new trustees who are due to take charge of the building issued a statement saying the chapel "was never named" in the first place. The statement followed a press announcement made by The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation last Friday which …

Announcement expected on re-naming of Middlesex Hospital Chapel

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel as seen after the hospital was demolished.

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel could be re-branded with a new name despite a campaign to preserve its historical title. The Grade II* listed chapel -- the only complete remains of the Middlesex Hospital -- is to be given a new name by its trustees: The Fitzrovia Chapel. However, the final decision over the re-naming of the historic building …

FOI response tells us what we already knew about Exemplar’s motives over chapel

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel as seen after the hospital was demolished.

A courtesy letter to us from Westminster City Council in response to our petition to preserve the name Middlesex Hospital Chapel did not tell us very much. But documents obtained from The Council under the Freedom of Information Act were more enlightening. On 15 April 2014 Councillor Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, …

Rates, BID levy and Crossrail are killing electronics shops, not the internet

Front of electronic shop.

The electronic retailers at the southern end of Tottenham Court Road complain their businesses are suffering not from competition from online sales but by a combination of high business rates and the Crossrail works. And the InMidtown business improvement district which is taking thousands of pounds in a mandatory levy on the traders is giving nothing in return …

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 …

Exemplar “hell bent” on removing history of Middlesex Hospital

By News Reporters Exemplar the property developer which is creating the huge new building complex in Fitzrovia has been condemned by an international community of health workers and patients for trying to erase the name Middlesex from the site of the former hospital.  The site which will be completed later this year was to be called Fitzroy Place, then when that name …

Unanswered questions about the Middlesex Hospital Chapel

Trying to get straight answers out of director of Exemplar Mark Younger is a near impossible task. After several email exchanges where our questions about the future of the Grade II* listed Middlesex Hospital Chapel went unanswered, he finally rejected my last email as spam. I’d asked him about the plans to change the name …

Staff of former hospital want Middlesex to live on in street name

By News Reporters A petition has been started to press Exemplar the owners of a new commercial and residential complex in Fitzrovia to commemorate The Middlesex Hospital in the name of a new public square.  The development known as Fitzroy Place is being built on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital on Mortimer Street …

Westminster Council department doesn’t know where former Middlesex Hospital site is

By News Reporters Westminster Council's street environment service appear to have lost one of the largest building sites in its manor. The former Middlesex Hospital site currently being developed under the name of Fitzroy Place by a consortium of Exemplar, Aviva Investments, and Kaupthing appears to slipped off the radar of the flagship Tory council.  …

Exemplar pay tribute to chapel architect in proposal for street name at Fitzroy Place

By News Reporters Exemplar have suggested a new name for the street that will run through the heart of their mixed-use scheme on the development site currently known as Fitzroy Place. The name "Pearson Square" has been chosen, named after John Loughborough Pearson the architect of the Grade II* listed hospital chapel at the centre …

Plans for the redevelopment of Time Out building to be unveiled

By News Reporters Plans to redevelop a large office building on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Bedford Avenue are to be unveiled on Monday. The proposals include redeveloping the building currently housing Time Out magazine to create new offices and retail, and converting two buildings from office to housing at Bloomsbury Square.  Exemplar …