Jeremy Hunt angers English Heritage by backing controversial new plans

I don’t think Jeremy Hunt is going to be on the English Heritage’s Christmas card list any more. The Culture Secretary has ignored their please and given a controversial new scheme the green light.

British Land are set to build £850 million of offices on the Broadgate site in London after Mr Hunt favoured their plans over the objections of English Heritage.

English Heritage wanted the site to be classed as a Grade II listed building, which would have prevented it from being demolished and replaced by new offices.

The Culture Secretary has stated in a letter to the English Heritage that the “building’s architectural design, decoration and craftsmanship is impressive, but not to the extent that it meets the high bar of outstanding quality.”

This controversial decision paves the way for 5 Broadgate to be transformed into a new 66,890 sq m office, which will be the new London headquarters from investment bank UBS.

The £850 million plans will create construction jobs in the capital, with British Land estimating that 5,000 construction jobs will be created from the scheme in the next five years.

What do you think – did Jeremy Hunt make the right call? Let us know what you think by commenting below…


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Posted on June 15, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, electrician jobs, plumbing jobs, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Some may say that James Naughtie’s recent slip of the tongue on the Today Programme was actually a fair assessment of the man. However, anyone who knows this part of London might just be wondering what all the fuss is about. This area was highly redeveloped following the ‘Big Bang’ in the 1980’s and little of architectural merit remains. The IRA then blew it up (another Big Bang) at about the same time, so any further development now will, in my view, have little detrimental impact on the area.

    Personally, I think in this case Mr Hunt has got it right, because ultimately this development will be just another bland modern building that will blend in with all the other bland modern (and anonymous) buildings in the City. Bring it on, I say.

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