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Renewed Promise \

“The building's protected status "covered everything down to the door handles," says David Bickle, project director at Hawkins\Brown, so the developer's desire to signal a break with the building's past had to be weighed against legally binding conservation requirements. After painstaking element-by-element negotiation, the supervisory body, English heritage, agreed that the building could be stripped back to its frame, and it devised a "squint test" as a principle for reconstruction: faithful reproduction of its timber-framed windows and brick infill panels was not required; rather, through narrowed eyes, from a distance, the reconditioned building should be recognisable as Park Hill.”

Chris Foges

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