3 London Buildings Appear On This 'Top 10 At Risk' List

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By Will Noble Last edited 11 months ago
3 London Buildings Appear On This 'Top 10 At Risk' List

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The old Museum of London, next to the brooding Bastion House
The Museum of London and Bastion House (the tall grey building to the right) both face the chop. Image: Robert Evans

Three London buildings feature in the C20 Society's roll call of the top 10 buildings at risk in 2023.

The list — a subjective collection of the most notable at risk buildings, rather than those most at risk of all — names the Museum of London and Bastion House; Westminster's Channel 4 headquarters; and the Jagonari Centre in Whitechapel. (So in fact, if you count the Museum of London and Bastion House as separate entities, that's four London buildings.)

Richard Roger's Channel 4 headquarters could be at risk of being sold off and altered, says the C20 Society. Image: RHSP

The proposed demolition of the now-vacated Museum of London and the nearby brooding Bastion House is highly controversial, not least because campaigners believe the 1970s buildings should be retrofitted, rather than bulldozed. The London Wall museum building is the work of architects Powell & Moya — behemoths in the postwar building boom, and responsible for the South Bank's long-gone Skylon, and Chichester Festival Theatre.

Though some commercial staff remain located in the Richard Rogers-designed Channel 4 Headquarters following the broadcaster's move to Leeds in 2019, the C20 Society is concerned that if  the on-off threatened  privatisation of Channel 4 ever does happen, this building with striking 'inside-out' touches could be one of the first assets to go. That, in turn, could lead to redevelopment or major alteration — which is why the C20 Society wants to see it listed.

Windows covered in green detailed ironwork in an Eastern style
The Jagonari Centre was designed by Matrix, an all-female collective of architects. Image: Pam Isherwood

Probably the least-known London building on the list, the Jagonari Centre was designed by Matrix, an all-female collective of architects, as a Bengali women's resource centre. Its special details, including mosaics and decorative 'jali' window grilles, are now said to be under threat, since the centre closed in 2015, and was taken over by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for other uses.

Elsewhere in the UK, the C20 Society list names pyramid-shaped The Point in Milton Keynes, and the art deco Riviera Hotel in Weymouth.

Last Updated 08 March 2023

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