Minutes of a special meeting of the Development Management Committee held at the Council Chamber, Knowle, Sidmouth, on Friday 1 March 2013 [page 49]
However, one of the reasons given was not on aesthetic grounds - although the buildings being proposed could hardly have been considered 'stunning' for such a position as Knowle gardens:
12/1847/MOUT | Outline application proposing demolition of existing buildings (retention of building B) for class D1 non-residential institution and park rangers station (Sui Generis), residential development of up to 50no. dwellings (Class C3 use), 60no. bed graduated care home (Class C2 use) and access (all matters reserved except access) | Council Offices Knowle Sidmouth EX10 8HL
These buildings would have replaced the Victorian hotel:
Futures Forum: Knowle: Victorian hotel and grounds ... application to English Heritage for national listing
And there were several objections at the time:
But what about the 1970s/80s blocks?
Should they be dismissed simply because they are from the 1970s/80s?
What about adapting the modern notions of 'open-plan' to these offices?
What about refurbishing buildings from this period?
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: designs for a new building... or... ..."visionary office design and functionality" by retaining, refurbishing and recycling
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: 'Developers looking to get the most out of their stock in difficult economic conditions are increasingly turning to refurbishment rather than redevelopment. Davis Langdon look at the cost implications'
English Heritage has just celebrated the glories of this period by listing several office blocks:
The modern blocks at Knowle are certainly not 'beauties' - but the question must be asked as to what would replace them.
Of course, we will not know until an Outline Planning Application is made...
Whether you're a fan or take an altogether more "Prince Charles" attitude to post-war architecture, office buildings provide some of the finest examples of it.
And turns out English Heritage thinks it's worth preserving: the organisation has listed 14 of the UK's best-loved (or most-hated) post-war offices.
According to English Heritage, the buildings - which include the glass-and-steel One Finsbury Avenue, and the concrete offices of private bank Brown Shipley - "have ensured that this area of architectural achievement is recognised for future generations".
Concrete office blocks given Grade 2 listing by English Heritage
The 14 new additions which were built between 1964 to 1984 are located in major cities across England
Power to the postwar: architecture's most scorned era finally gets some love | Art and design | The Guardian