City approves London Wall West scheme – but Gove orders a pause

Update: The City Corporation posted on Twitter/X “The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has lifted the Section 31 Holding Direction on the London Wall West planning application and decided not to call-in the application. We will now progress with issuing permission to allow works to commence on site”. May 17 2024. … Continue reading “City approves London Wall West scheme – but Gove orders a pause”

Campaign responds to Corporation’s decision to demolish former Museum of London

Update: the City Corporation has formally submitted a planning application – to itself – for permission to develop the London Wall West site that it owns. It was formerly home to the Museum of London, which is moving to West Smithfield. Ian Mansfield provides a detailed explanation of the plans. January 31 2024 The Barbican … Continue reading “Campaign responds to Corporation’s decision to demolish former Museum of London”

City explores repurposing Museum of London site

Update: the City’s Policy chief, Chris Hayward, has written to the Barbican Quarter Action campaign saying that the Corporation is going to proceed with a planning application, and aims to sell the site. I’m not sure what to make of the latest move by the City of London on the former Museum of London buildings … Continue reading “City explores repurposing Museum of London site”

Save the Museum building gets more support – now ideas needed on how to retrofit and refill

Some 400 people packed St Giles Cripplegate earlier this week for the latest campaign meeting against proposed office development on the site of the now-closed Museum of London. Back story on the plans and campaign here. The Barbican Quarter Action campaign highlighted the decision of the Twentieth Century Society to put Bastion House and the … Continue reading “Save the Museum building gets more support – now ideas needed on how to retrofit and refill”

What can you do with an empty museum? Get creative

Update: the Barbican Quarter Action campaign is hosting a meeting for residents and neighbours at 7pm on Tuesday 17th January 2023 in St Giles Church, Cripplegate. The Barbican Association reports: “This meeting will focus on the arguments against demolition of the existing buildings and for their re-adaptation and repurposing. Joining the BQA Group will be … Continue reading “What can you do with an empty museum? Get creative”

City makes only minor changes to London Wall West scheme

Community Matters reports that the City Corporation is making some changes to the controversial London Wall West scheme for 780,000 sq ft of offices. Earlier posts here. “The City of London Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee has voted to reduce the size of proposals to redevelop Bastion House and the existing Museum of London site, … Continue reading “City makes only minor changes to London Wall West scheme”

Experts challenge City on London Wall West demolition

The Barbican Quarter Action campaign against the City’s plans for the Museum of London site has published an expert report robustly challenging the justification for demolition, and presented it to councillors. The City’s London Wall West scheme for 780,000 sq ft of offices involves demolishing the Museum building prior to its move to West Smithfield, … Continue reading “Experts challenge City on London Wall West demolition”

My EC1 Echo explainer on London Wall West, and update

Here’s my article on London Wall West, published in the current edition of the EC1 Echo. It was finalised after the City’s Court of Common Council on July 21, but I didn’t have time or space to analyse discussion in detail. I’ve provided an update below. Text of the article There are two very different … Continue reading “My EC1 Echo explainer on London Wall West, and update”

London Starts Here could develop it’s own Destination City to engage supporters

London Starts Here is such a good name I hope that Barbican Quarter Action won’t mind if I suggest something that would benefit the campaign by picking up ideas from the City’s new recovery plan. The campaign points out that the City’s London Wall West office development seems out of line with its new Destination … Continue reading “London Starts Here could develop it’s own Destination City to engage supporters”

Keep up to date on the new Museum of London

The debate about London Wall West – current home of the Museum of London – has highlighted the Museum’s closure in December 2022. There’s pages about that on the Museum website, and a more detailed history and vision for the future here. Ian Mansfield, who runs the excellent IanVisits site about What’s on in London, … Continue reading “Keep up to date on the new Museum of London”