CONTROVERSIAL plans by King’s to demolish historic buildings lining the Strand have been put on hold by the Government.
The surprise intervention by the new Communities minister Greg Clark will allow him to consider launching a public inquiry into the proposals.
This comes after the College was given the go-ahead by Westminster City Council in April for their ambitious and wide-ranging plans to redevelop the Strand Campus.
Conservationists have been against the plans , with a petition racking up over 9,000 signatures.
The Victorian Society have “strongly objected” to the plans that they claim “will lead to a ‘blander’ London without creating enough space to provide a long-term solution to the College’s desire to expand.”
The buildings that King’s want to demolish are in a dilapidated state and suffer from unaligned floors from one building to the next.
The sleek modern building designed by the well respected Hall McKnight architects was intended to help the College house its ever bulging student population, which is set to soar to [27k] in the next few years.
“The space gained isn’t very large for the sake of destroying London’s heritage – which is surely one of the reasons students are attracted to KCL,” the Victorian Society told Roar.