Queen Square and Old City Conservation Area

This is a complex application site, include 3 Queen Square (listed Grade II*), 2 Little King Street (listed Grade II) and Armourers House, a 1980s built office block on Queen Charlotte Street, all within the Queen Square and Old City Conservation Area. The proposals involve changing the use of 2 Little King Street from a warehouse (currently vacant) to offices and integrating with Armourers House and 3 Queen Square (both in office use already). As well works to the listed buildings there would be an upwards extension of Armourers House.

The comments made by the Conservation Section of the City Design Group reflected our review of the proposals so we aligned ourselves with those rather than repeating the detail. In short, there is a degree of harm to the listed buildings and conservation area which needs better justification and a number of design modifications should be considered. We were clear that we welcomed the reuse of the Armourers House as the preferred option, as opposed to its demolition, given the resulting, unnecessary carbon emissions this would lead to.





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