Save wants Hadid scheme to end


Save Britain’s Heritage has lobbied Hazel Blears and asked her to put to an end a new commercial property designed by architect Zaha Hadid, Building Design has reported.

The build set for Hoxton Square, Shoreditch was granted permission by Hackney Council, however it has since been heavily criticised.

English Heritage protested strongly against the design and Save secretary, Will Palin has also received the support of other groups.

Palin said he was horrified by the proposal partly “because of the precedent it sets for building a contextual or non-contextual building in a conservation area” and because the site is a “fantastically important garden square”.

Hadid’s design has clearly split opinion. Hackney’s urban design and conservation manager, Ray Rogers is strongly supportive, however.

“Overall, we think that there’s an opportunity here to make a valuable contribution to Hoxton Square,” he said.

Commercial property designs do sometimes court controversy, but they also bring a sense of identity to city offices on the London horizon.