Land Securities: Stop the demolition of the sculptures at Allington House.
  • Petitioned Justin Black

This petition was delivered to:

Development Director London Portfolio at Land Securities
Justin Black
Head of Development Management at Land Securities
Oliver Gardiner,
Director, Land Securities
Paul Welterveden
Chief Executive, Land Securities
Robert Noel

Land Securities: Stop the demolition of the sculptures at Allington House.

    1. Peter Berthoud
    2. Petition by

      Peter Berthoud

      London, United Kingdom

March 2013


The Sculptures at Allington House Are To Be Saved! Firstly a massive thank you to everybody who has supported the campaign to save Barry Baldwin's Endangered Species Triptych. We are delighted to announce that Land Securities are now committed to trying to save the sculptures and have employed industry leaders PAYE Stone & Conservation to undertake this delicate and difficult task over the next four to six weeks. This is obviously fantastic news but now the question is where can these magnificent sculptures be suitably re-homed? Ideally the sculptures should be in a prominent public space where they can be enjoyed for generations. Might your organisation be interested in giving an appropriate new home to this massive and magnificent work? If so, please get in touch. If you would like to stay up to date with any developments please keep follow the Save The Allington House Facebook Page. Thank you once again to each and every one of you for your fantastic support.

A unique and much-loved series of sculptures by Barry Baldwin are under imminent threat. The sculptures stand above the door to Allington House in Victoria, London. Land Securities, the developer, plan to reduce the endangered species sculptures to rubble as part of their Victoria development. Land Securities have not divulged how much it would cost to save these works nor have they made any attempt to find them a new home. Please support this campaign to find the sculptures a new permanent home.

Recent signatures


    1. Some Progress

      Peter Berthoud
      Petition Organizer

      The campaign is certainly having a positive impact, thank you all so much for your support!

      In a meeting with Land Securities yesterday they agreed to look again at the technicalities of saving the sculptures, Barry is going to be fully involved and will see all the reports himself. Barry also has some new ideas about how the sculptures can be safely removed.

      In the end it will all come down to money and the will to remove them. Please help to keep up the pressure by signing and commenting on the petition.

      From the petition website it is also possible to invite your friends to sign as well if you haven't already done so.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Meeting with Land Securities this Thursday

      Peter Berthoud
      Petition Organizer

      Land Securities have asked for a meeting this Thursday 8th November at 4pm. Please give us as much ammo as possible before we go into this crucial meeting. The more signatures the better. Please share the petition as widely as possible; we can win this!

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. A Breach of International Law by Land Securities?

      Peter Berthoud
      Petition Organizer

      A quick update, it looks like Land Securities would be acting in breach of the Berne Convention if they went ahead as planned.

      The Minister for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries is Ed Vaizey. It would be great if you could let him know that you want him to take appropriate action to stop the destruction. He is very easy to contact.

      By Email:
      Or why not just give him a Tweet! : @edvaizey

      Thanks again to all of you for your brilliant support. Please contact the Minister

      London Art News: Endangered Triptych

      Previews fine art exhibitions in London.

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. English Heritage have been appealed to for help

      Peter Berthoud
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much for your fantastic support so far. A quick update. This morning an emergency application was made to English Heritage to list these sculptures. If approved Land Securities will be legally prevented from destroying them. Let's hope Land Securities don't try and pull a fast one by reducing them to rubble before English Heritage make their decision -watch this space. In the meantime please share this petition via social media or on a blog. If anyone has press contacts that could be mobilised to cover the story that would be fantastic.

    8. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 1 year ago

      Artwork like this is an important part of the artistic and creative signature of London that differentiates it from all of the other faceless cities full of soulless modern buildings throughout the world

      • over 1 year ago

      Disposal would be a needlesswaste

    • Richard Baxter LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a sculptor myself I can see the quality of the work. A beautiful piece that should be seen by the public to enhance the environment of Victoria. I am sure an effort to re-house it on another facade or purpose-built wall would be worth it and benefit the area visually. If I lived in the area I would be happy for Westminster council to assist..

    • Michelle Herbert LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I work around Victoria and I have seen the changes made in the last 4 years compared to when I worked here in the early 2000's, it would be nice to see some of the more interesting architecture moved to another building.

    • maggie Smith READING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I see this every week when I go into the office and it makes me smile. They are extraordinary sculptures and should be kept for all to enjoy


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