Beware Of The Flowers

My, my, my. Remember those terrible Durnsford Street buildings? You know – the nasty historic ones that were too dangerous to be allowed to remain standing? The ones the surveyor was scared to even enter for fear they might come crashing down around his ears? The ones that were so badly gone that all there was to do was pull ‘em down and replace ’em with a garbage compactor? 

Well, Paul just sent me the above picture, and a sight for sore eyes it is too. I don’t know whether this is a temporary reprieve or whether Greenwich Hospital Trust have had a change of heart over one of the dodgiest parts of its market redevelopment proposals, but it’s going to be hard to argue these pretty little buildings are dangerous now.

I wish our budding florist the very best – and hope this is GHT actually listening to local people’s concerns about the delicate heritage of the area at last. Whatever next? Keeping the cobbles? Not building a skyscraper hotel in the middle of the market? The Phantom is crossing spectral fingers…


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7 Comments to “Beware Of The Flowers”

  1. scared of chives says:

    …but didn’t you spot that brick with its corner chipped away? a death-trap of a building…

    yeah, good luck to that shop it looks really lovely…

  2. dancinbean says:

    Where are these buildings? I’m terrible with road names and google maps doesn’t show it up!

  3. Paul says:

    Unfortunately the original documents, in which they argued these buildings were too dangerous to enter, are not available on the council planning website.

    So, best to quote Rod (who’s been missed), from a few months back, who had exactly the same experience as me:

    “At the “consultation” held briefly in Nelson Rd (after the initial planning application had already been submitted) a member of the Hospital Trust’s staff and one of their architects looked me straight in the eye and told me that the buildings were too dangerous to be surveyed.”

    Im my case, the same architect who told me the buildings were too dangerous to leave standing, also asserted that the market traders asked for the cobbles to be ripped up as they were too uncomfortable to stand on all day. And these are the people the Greenwich Society praised for the engagement with the public.

  4. Peter says:

    had they not thought that if the buildings were indeed too dangerous for someone to go in and survey, that they would also be too dangerous to send someone in to demolish? you would have to survey prior to demolishing in any case to make sure it was safe for the people doing the work!

  5. The buildings are in the tiny little road leading into the covered market on the west – entrance between Snappy Snaps and Beachcomber restaurant

  6. Lucy says:

    I’m going to check it out, so if you don’t hear from me again you’ll know what happened.
    I didn’t know where it was either so thank you Phantom for your directions.

  7. Paul says:

    Just had a quick look at the Hospital’s amendments.

    THese buildings are still due to be demolished. Lord knows what the rationale is now.

    Other changes in the plan are extensive – involving keeping the roofs, London stock bricks, rather than wood cladding, for the hotel, the relaying of the cobbles, and changes in the ‘new’ repro buildings on College Approach.

    The Hospital are arguing that these are ‘minor’ amendments and that the project should therefore be approved by the INspector.