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Campaigners hit out at US Embassy conversion

Words: Huw Morris
US Embassy

Heritage campaigners claim key aspects of plans to convert the US Embassy in London would cause significant and substantial harm to the character of the building.

The Twentieth Century Society has written to Westminster City Council to say while plans to turn the Grosvenor Square building into a hotel are “appropriate”, proposals for its sixth floor will damage “the present proportions of the listed building” and fundamentally change its front façade.

The group also criticises the proposed demolition of internal spaces and removal or original staircases.

Proposals for the Grade II-listed building, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, include hotel rooms, restaurants, shops and a ballroom.

Embassy staff will leave the site next year for a new building in London’s Nine Elms.

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