2nd March 2017
30-40 local residents, interested parties and members of the House of Lords & Commons attended an exhibition in Westminster Hall of the 10 short-listed Architects submissions, followed by a meeting in the House of Lords chaired by Sir Peter Bazalgette of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation. With over 1,000.00 signatures on the petition now, the Foundation was left in no doubt of our opinions as to why this is the wrong site. READ MORE on the petition page.
More publicity for our cause, as it was featured in The Times page 31 on Saturday 25th February. Read the article here http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/jewish-peer-criticises-holocaust-memorial-kwh3jjhfn.
9th February 2017
Sir Edward Leigh's adjournment debate in the House of Commons. Read Hansard transcript here.
PARK THREATENED !
To read more and SIGN THE PETITION - CLICK HERE
Here are some of the comments by those who signed CLICK HERE
5th February 2017 : Article in The Observer (Rowan Moore)
4th February 2017 : Article in The Guardian (Ian Jack)
27th January 2017 - On Holocaust Memorial Day, the Shortlist was announced. To view CLICK HERE
One of the submissions on the Shortlist :
Studio Libeskind and Haptic Architects
The competition for the design of the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens will be between ten consortia of architects, engineers and designers - to be judged in the New Year. Meanwhile, rather surprisingly, the Imperial War Museum is raising funds to renew and expand their Holocaust Exhibition. It seems to us that it might make sense to locate the Learning Centre there, even if the memorial itself is located somewhere more central.
January 2015 - David Cameron made an announcement on behalf of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation that there was to be a new Holocaust Memorial and associated Learning Centre built in central London.
At that stage three particular sites were proposed: the Imperial War Museum, near London City Hall, and the Millbank Tower podium. In July of this year we were approached by a PR company about a proposal to site the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens (VTG). This, we assumed, would combine with a Learning Centre at the Millbank Tower, which now has planning permission for conversion to mainly residential use with a cultural/arts complex in the podium.
Various meetings were arranged and then postponed by the Foundation. It was therefore with considerable surprise that we learnt that the announcement was to be made imminently and, when it came, that it was in the form of an announcement of an international competition, that the site had now been selected, and that it was proposed that the whole project was to be built in the VTG. The Learning Centre is to be underground, with a prominent monument somewhere on the central grass area of the park.
The Society is obviously very concerned at the loss of this valuable small park, because it is very difficult to imagine that a project of this size and importance would not dominate the space and transform it from a tranquil local park to a busy civic space. We do not object in any way to the building of a memorial, but we feel that there are more appropriate sites, already proposed as well as not yet considered.
For more details:
The Holocaust Memorial Commission Report is https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prime-ministers-holocaust-commission-report
The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation's webpage is at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-holocaust-memorial-foundation
The document inviting expressions of interest from tenderers is at
The draft design brief itself is at