Boris Versus The United States Of America

By Londonist Last edited 108 months ago
Boris Versus The United States Of America

Boris_16Jul09.jpg It seems that the US embassy is once again in trouble with a London Mayor. Nothing to do with the Congestion Charge this time. Well, not much. No, the problem is mostly with the American government's plans to build itself a brand new embassy complex in Battersea by 2016. And Boris is not happy with what he has seen so far. First he thinks the £500 million 'Iceberg', as the building is known, with its surrounding 30-metre 'blast zone' is too big, not green enough and generally in breach of his planning guidelines for London. Boris is also trying to wiggle some cash out of the project. Crossrail is not coming anywhere near the planned embassy so the money would go towards an extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station. And yes, the issue of the unpaid CC is also rearing its ugly head. Here's to the special relationship. By Nicolas Chinardet. Image / Simon K

Last Updated 31 July 2009


To be fair, some of Boris's comments are valid, but to be honest, the area where they are proposing to build this is a barren industrial estate, complete with abandoned buildings. Anything is better than what's currently there, and in an area in disparate need of regeneration, something as prestigious as the US embassy would be fantastic.