Since the middle of the last century the city of Gloucester has been spoiled by dubious, half-witted planning decisions, but there are still some wonderful gems to be found. Everyone knows the cathedral, of course (thankfully it escaped planning notice, or it too might have been “improved” in finest 1960s fashion. Heaven forfend indeed. But… Continue reading A hidden glory in a tiny alley in Gloucester….
The architect who altered the first Richard III stone on Bow Bridge, Leicester….
Victorian William Flint was a Leicester architect who “…had a hand in many other projects, including significant alterations to New Walk Museum, St Mary de Castro Church and the first Richard III stone on Bow Bridge…” Now there is a book all about him by Mark Mitchley. To read more, go to this article.
“World’s Greatest Palaces” …
… is another excellent series on the “Yesterday” Channel. Last night I watched the fourth episode, about Kensington, the influence of architects such as Wren and Hawksmoor, the evolution of the building, the creation of the Serpentine Lake and the monarchs and their relatives who have lived there. These include William III and Mary II,… Continue reading “World’s Greatest Palaces” …
The architects who have refurbished the great hall at Leicester Castle….
An architects practice has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Leicester office with a VIP tour of one of their latest projects in the city – the restoration and refurbishment of the Great Hall of Leicester Castle. Its city office is in De Montfort Street. The firm’s roots go back more than 30 years, and… Continue reading The architects who have refurbished the great hall at Leicester Castle….
A High Court privacy battle, but the Tate Modern’s extension still wins top award….
“The controversial Tate Modern extension has been named one of the buildings of the year by the Royal Institute of British Architects, despite the design provoking a High Court privacy battle.” Hm, Richard’s centre in Leicester is another winner of this RIBA award—I wonder if his privacy could have been contested in the High court?… Continue reading A High Court privacy battle, but the Tate Modern’s extension still wins top award….
More at Leicester Cathedral for the architects of Richard’s tomb….
The architects who were responsible for the design of Richard’s tomb in Leicester Cathedral have now won another contract there. The first link is from their website, and shows how they designed and developed Richard’s last resting place. The second link is about their new contract. http://www.vhh.co.uk/our-work/leicester http://www.architectsdatafile.co.uk/news/van-heyningen-and-haward-architects-wins-new-leicester-cathedral-appointment/