This college is a wonderful example of modernist master planning, inspired by Scandinavian models from Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen and other designers in the functional tradition. It deserves to be listed and to retain its function as a college. It reinterprets the English quad in an ingenious way. Demolition would be a catastrophe architecturally, for education in Hammersmith and environmentally.
The architect of the college was Robert Giles ARIBA, then one of the in-house architects for the GLC.
He has had a distinguished architectural and academic career and was up until recently Vice-President of RIBA and Chairman of the British Architectural Library. He was a founder partner of the Architects Workshop London. He also practised with Jurubina Bertiga International Sdn Bhd Kuala Lumpur, Moxley Architects London and University Partnerships Programme London.
Aside from the WLC, two of his most well-known designs include: the Bromley Hall School for the Physically Handicapped London (Recently Grade II Listed by English Heritage as a building of special architectural interest) and the Marinara Tower Kuala Lumpur.
We the undersigned, call on Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Historic England to prevent the demolition of Hammersmith and West London College. This architectural masterpiece by Bob Giles ARIBA, then one of the in-house architects for the GLC, deserves to be listed. Demolition would be environmentally, architecturally and educationally disastrous.
The Save Hammersmith and West London College from Demolition! petition to Hammersmith and West London College was written by Sean Macintosh and is in the category Education at GoPetition.