Help Save the Grade II Listed Birds Eye HQ in Surrey
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The Twentieth Century Society is launching this petition to help save the Grade II listed former Birds Eye HQ in Walton, Surrey, from demolition. Elmbridge Borough Council is due to consider a planning application on behalf of developers Crest A2D to replace the building with 375 homes plus commercial units.
Designed by the highly influential and long standing British practice Sir John Burnet, Tait and Partners, it was one of the first corporate headquarters to be built outside London. It was listed at Grade II in 1995.
The three storey building is arranged around two internal courtyards. Most striking are the facades, made up of plate glass curtain walling, blue vitreous enamelled panels and repeating half-hexagonal aluminium sections attached to thin aluminium mullions.
Landscaping was designed by artist Philip Hicks who set the main building elevation back across a lawn and behind a long rectangular pool which runs its length. The pool reflects the geometric shapes that rise above it, and the curtain walling reflects the water below. It is this contrast between the bold and experimental on one hand, and the elegant and tranquil on the other that makes Walton Court so striking.
Hicks also oversaw the landscaping of the two internal courtyards, one of which contains concrete menhirs by the artist Alan Collins which are arranged around rectangular pools. A standalone of sculpture depicting rising birds by the artist John McCarthy stands next to the pool at the site’s entrance and is listed independently at Grade II (the development plans include its relocation).
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