I thought it might be helpful to know a bit more about James Strike, the conservation architect who was responsible for adding the big industrial extension at the back of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry so sensitively in the early 1980s, which Historic England is now happy to see demolished in order to enable the site to be turned into a luxury hotel.
Well, blow me down, guess what ? He was the in-house architect for none other than English Heritage, the predecessor body of Historic England. He is a great expert on architectural conservation, with particular experience and expertise in adapting historic buildings for current use, and author of Architecture in Conservation, published in 2012.
In other words, the building that Historic England are now happy to see demolished as being of ‘no architectural or historic interest’ was put up by their own in-house architect, grant aided by the GLC, precisely in order to allow the Bell Foundry to continue to flourish.
Perhaps we could have James Strike’s views on this topic ? Or has he signed the Official Secrets Act, like the rest of Historic England ?