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Saturday, 29 February

Gaggle of Gagas Bare Flesh in Meat Market

The SAVE Campaign and Urban Space Management organised an unusual protest this week (Monday) that started in Smithfield Market and moved on to Westminster Bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament.

 

A gaggle of Gagas - men and women dressed as a certain lady - or nearly undressed as a certain lady were putting forward an alternative plan to redevelop the Smithfield area and the historic general market buildings.

Henderson Global Investors currently have a commercial building plan before The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles who will give a decision in August.

Henderson is a £multi-billion global asset management firm dealing in equities, fixed income, property and alternative investments. It had £79.2 billion assets under management and a1,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2014.

 

Other projects

Henderson’s Central London Office team currently owns c.£900 million of assets across the main sub-markets of Central London. Its standing investment portfolio extends to 2 million sq.ft of office accommodation and its development portfolio provides for a further 850,000 sq.ft.

The firm has planning permission for a new 910,000sq.ft building at 40 Leadenhall Street - the Leadenhall Triangle - which will accommodate up to 7,000 people. The building will vary in height between 7 and 34 office storeys, with two additional basement levels, a roof level plant and flexible retail/café and restaurant uses at ground floor level.  The total size of the building is  NIA, split between 890,000 sq ft office and c. 20,000 sq ft retail.

 

Called in

SAVE has been working with stakeholders and local residents that might be affected by the Smithfield demolition and developments. They’ve called in help from businesses, architects, architectural experts, planners, property agents, and developers. SAVE has utilised Twitter, Facebook and online petitions to garner support and then lobbied government and the press. The group ultimately managed to get the proposed project ‘called in’ and are now waiting on Pickles.

          

Meanwhile, English Heritage, who originally opposed the plans, have now withdrawn on the grounds the proposed development will not have such an impact on the historic buildings.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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