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Saturday19 August 2017

David Chipperfield's Emin house heads for appeal

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Tracey Emin and architect push for two-day planning inquiry

The fate of David Chipperfield’s house in Spitalfields for Tracey Emin will be decided by a planning inspector, it has emerged.

Tower Hamlets council turned down the scheme last week. But the artist had already triggered an appeal on the grounds of the local authority’s “indecision”.

The planning application was originally submitted in May last year, but Tower Hamlets said more time was required because of the scale of local interest and the complex heritage issues involved. It agreed the scheme had “considerable architectural merit” but eventually rejected it on the grounds it would harm the local conservation area.

The Chipperfield camp has asked the Planning Inspectorate for a full-scale two-day planning inquiry and indicated it intends to call three witnesses, while the council urged for a less formal “hearing”, arguing it was more appropriate for the type of the project.

Depending on which is chosen, the appeal could take between four and six months.

Chipperfield’s proposal is for a four-storey house replacing a locally listed block of 1920s council flats on Bell Lane, facing the back of TP Bennetts’ 34-storey Nido student tower.

It would be connected to Emin’s existing studio in a historic warehouse on neighbouring Tenter Ground, allowing the artist to work in privacy round the clock.

The new 414sq m building would contain a single-bedroom living space, a double-height studio, areas for displaying art and meeting clients, private amenity space, guest accommodation and a lift for moving art.

The proposals attracted criticism from conservation groups including Save Britain’s Heritage.

Tower Hamlets planning officers, who recommended the scheme be rejected, said that although it had “considerable architectural merit” it was “not exceptional enough to overcome the loss of the existing building” which had “both historic significance and aesthetic and townscape merit”. The new building needed to meet statutory requirements to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Artillery Passage conservation area to be approved.

David Chipperfield Architects declined to comment.

 

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  • I'm sure it is the right building for Ms Emin, but it is located in the wrong place.

    There are many sites all over East London that would benefit from a new building that would not destroy a current building with such charm (and part of a conservation area)

    I hope it is refused again.

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    I'm sure I could suggest a more appropriate building for Ms Emin but this is a family newspaper.

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  • Shame about the drain pipes (on the existing building, I mean).

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  • Unfortunately I must occasionally disagree with Nick, but I can't improve on his entry above. Nicely said! Maritz Vandenberg

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    @ Franz Vandenberg

    Careful: you don't know what you're agreeing with.

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  • craig wilson

    @SSMN
    "but this is a family newspaper"

    Wow -is BD is prescribed reading in your household -hard to get mine to read the newspaper let alone an architectural publication ;¬)

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  • craig wilson

    They couldn't possibly provide a more unflattering image of the existing building! -why couldn't they include a view taken at the corner (looking at both elevations -where the true charm of this building is evident)?

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  • A weird yet charmless proposal, but Emin has money and influence so it's hard to imagine this not going her way.

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  • Looks to be one of the nicest buildings in the area:

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5182188,-0.076386,3a,75y,128.99h,94.89t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sd0RFMKooTo9dBXQYP2_c8A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

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  • Why Emin chose a listed building to demolish is beyond me. Buy something unremarkable and demolish that. I don't have a problem with Chipperfield’s design just not there.

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