LEB Building (1)

I remember being told about the London Electricity Board building on Cambridge Heath Road and paid no attention to it, but on my way to buy some sushi I walked past it. For those of you who know about Tower Hamlets and its general attitude to buildings of any character, it has just been sold by the Council to be demolished in spite of being admired by Pevsner. Well, I am not going to pretend it is in the same league as the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, but it is not without a certain 1950s, Stalinist anti-charm, described by Pevsner as ‘a striking effort at reintroducing large public buildings at the heart of the borough’. Not any more. Why can’t they suggest refurbishment rather than demolition ? No doubt the Mayor has once again told the planning committee to oppose conservation:-


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