The Garden Bridge will destroy four of the world’s finest urban vistas: looking east from Waterloo Bridge, looking northeast from the South Bank towards St. Pauls, looking northwest from the South Bank towards Somerset House and looking west from Blackfriars Bridge towards Waterloo Bridge.
In a week that Sadiq Khan has pledged to protect the sightlines of St. Paul’s Cathedral it’s worth remembering the excellent letter by Oliver Caroe (PDF), Surveyor to the Fabric of the cathedral, to the planning inquiry. It said:
“There will be irreversible impacts on some of the most iconic views of St. Paul’s Cathedral, to the detriment of our capital city and the position of the Cathedral within the urban and maritime context of London. Once harmed, these views will not be recovered.”
He goes on to question why the Garden Bridge Trust or other bodies never contacted the cathedral for their opinion, and adds to others questioning how English Heritage offered this most contentious and dominant project so much less scrutiny than other less aggressive schemes. In fact, now that English Heritage has restructured it could be a good time to ask the new organisation, Historic England, their opinion on the Garden Bridge…
This post was originally part of The Garden Bridge 12 Days of Christmas.
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