Battle rages in London streets.

Thursday 01 Sep 2005

The ongoing dispute over the rights and wrongs of façade retention was taken to new heights by this project at 221a Baker Street, London. The former headquarters of Abbey National in central London has been demolished leaving just the tower and street façade for the second time. Helen Bowman of English Heritage justified the action: "This unlisted 1930s building is deemed to make an important contribution to the Dorset Square Conservation Area. In the 1970s the original building was demolished and only its façade and distinctive tower by the architect J.J Joass were retained. Where the façade of an unlisted building makes a contribution to the townscape of a Conservation Area this technique is often used." The architect for the project is Rolfe Judd. The engineers for the project are Adams Kara Taylor.

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