A fence has been erected around ‘The Wedding Cake’ – the old American Express HQ in Eastern Road where interior demolition work has started prior to complete demolition next year.
The demolition of the 40 year old building was required as part of the planning permission for the construction of the ultra modern HQ at number 1 John Street.
Under the 2009 planning consent for the new offices, demolition had to begin on The Wedding Cake within six years of the start of construction of the new Amex offices which began in 2010.
The Edward Street Quarter, which includes the Wedding Cake site, is earmarked for 20,000 square metres of “high quality” office space and a minimum of 65 homes both of which must be no more than 7 storeys high.
The Regency Society has objected to the proposed demoltion stating that it would be an “extravagant waste of environmental resources” considering the 45,000 tons of concrete and 4,000 tons of steel that went into its construction and 100,000 tonnes of chalk that had to be excavated for its foundations.
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