The United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization meets in Cambodia this week until 27 June and is considering placing the Houses of Parliament on its ‘List of World Heritage in Danger’ in 2014 because of the skyscraper stampede along the Vauxhall riverbank. UNESCO doesn’t like ropey hinterlands to world-class views, which in this case will include Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church as well as the Palace of Westminster.
UNESCO wants the British to tighten up planning controls around ‘world heritage’ sites and particularly dislikes the proposals for the 29-storey Elizabeth House in Waterloo, the 50-storey Vauxhall Tower (nearing completion), One Nine Elms and the Vauxhall Island site. Architect Terry Farrell said told another conference the other day that UNESCO’s push for controls is ‘a lost cause’, that the Vauxhall Tower is already there and is being joined by five other even-higher skyscrapers.
What the papers say: