Strategic Views (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
July 11, 2001
Question By: 
Meg Hillier
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Richard Rogers

Question

I am thinking more generally really of the desire to see well designed tall buildings, a cluster of Manhattan type skyscrapers, a Chicago skyline in London. Now for the south of Islington, where lack of green space is a big issue, lack of amenity space is an issue, the view of St Paul's is a very important factor in the quality of life of many of those Londoners, many of the people I represent, and a beautiful skyscraper designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership may also be a wonderful view, but for many I fear that would not be acceptable in place of the St Paul's view. Maybe as well, but not in place of. Do you have any strong feelings about that? You talked about different generations. Do you think that St Paul's has a place in generations to come, as a strategic view?

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Answer for Strategic Views (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Strategic Views (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
Richard Rogers

Absolutely. I mean I think the Tower of London, which is even older, has a specific skyline view, but it has a very specific role. Of course, I do. I think it is a very complicated balance between the role of history, of course, and the role of a dynamic society, but I absolutely believe that the role of St Paul's has not got any less important just because we are 400 years further on.