Everyone's a winner in council style wars
A central London council has given the green light to both a modernist and a classical design for the same site.
Housebuilding giant Barratt had put forward the alternative schemes — to turn the former Horseferry Road Magistrates’ Court into a 144-unit residential block — to get around a growing “style war” in Westminster.
Both proposals have been put forward by Essex-based practice Stanford Eatwell & Associates after an earlier design for the site by the same firm was turned down on design grounds last year.
The modern design had been backed by council planners, who branded the more traditional version “inappropriate”.
But councillors have now given the thumbs-up to both versions, leaving it up to the developer to make the final decision.
Barratt will now work up both designs but is not expected to select one for at least another 18 months. The site will not be available until January 2012.