Time is running out to save this Aalto-influenced masterpiece

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It will be a tragedy if Bob Giles’ West London College is demolished next year, writes Tom Cordell

Voices from across the world of architecture have called for Bob Giles’ 1970s masterpiece, West London College in Hammersmith, to be saved from demolition. Piers Gough, Owen Luder, Angela Brady, Rowan Moore and Owen Hatherley have all backed the campaign.

Last week Docomomo UK held an event to explore this relatively unknown building that was built between 1976 and 1980. Designed by Bob Giles of the Greater London Council (GLC) Architects department, the college brought three existing institutions together on one campus – the largest building created for the Inner London Education Authority (Ilea).

It was turned down for listing by Historic England and now the building’s owners plan to close the site and demolish the building next year, selling the land for commercial housing development.

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