An Expert slams Exhibitionist Road....
Dear local residents,
Please find attached a copy of my letter to the editor of Building Design, a shortened version of which was published in the 10th. February issue of BD.
Having been directly involved in diverse environmental improvement schemes in Westminster and other London boroughs - including Trafalgar Square - during my time as Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer (for the South Area of the City) with Westminster City Council between 1976 and 1991 and as Regional Architect and Assistant Regional Director for English Heritage London Region between 1991 and 2004, I am appalled that the respective Council's and TfL not only endorsed this poorly thought-through and insensitive project but were prepared to spend so much on it when cutting spending elsewhere; not least, as a perfectly decent and more fitting result could have been achieved at a fraction of the cost using York Stone paving, granite kerbs and limited areas of traditionally dimensioned and cut granite setts of the normal London mix (of grey, buff and pink) for the areas for car-parking and bus lay-bys, as used in many other areas of Westminster and K. and C.
May I wish you success at tomorrow's rally and in your efforts to secure modifications to the scheme to render the junctions safe for pedestrians, and to provide a decent treatment of the rond-point at the junction of Exhibition Road and Prince Consort Road.
PAUL VELLUET, RIBA, IHBC, CHARTERED ARCHITECT
9, BRIDGE ROAD, ST. MARGARETS, TWICKENHAM, T.W.1. 1.R.E.