Victorian Society fights Piccadilly Circus facelift


Campaigners have appealed to Westminster City Council to prevent the destruction of a number of historic buildings to make way for new office space, shops and homes in London’s Piccadilly Circus area.

Members of the Victorian Society have asked the council planners to reject proposals to demolish the buildings, collectively known as St James’s Gateway, which are in a conservation area and are owned by the Crown Estate.

Under the existing proposals the Victorian buildings would be partially demolished with some of the façades retained, rather than used for the redevelopment in their current form.

Heloise Brown, the Victorian Society’s conservation adviser, said, ‘These buildings certainly need renovating and cleaning; they could even be extended as unusually for central London there is space behind them. All of this would make the properties more attractive to tenants without the needless destruction of eight historic buildings.’