HL Deb 09 April 1867 vol 186 c1323

said, he wished to call the attention of the noble Duke opposite to the subject of the new building which it was proposed to erect for the London University. He understood that some explanation had been given in the other House by the noble Lord the First Commissioner of Works on the subject; and he was gratified to learn that the noble Lord had stayed for a time the further progress of the building. The authorities of London University received an intimation from the present First Commissioner of Works that the Board of Works were alone responsible, and could not allow of any interference with regard to the elevation on the part of the London University. The representatives of the University had conveyed to Lord John Manners that they entertained the opinion, which he believed was held by the great majority of the people out of doors, that both the building for the London University and the other buildings on the same site should be in the same style and in keeping with each other. They had suggested that it was very possible that a building of a simple but substantial character, and in due harmony with the other buildings on the Burlington House site, might be erected at less expense than the proposed elevation, which was of a highly ornamental character, and could not be carried out satisfactorily except at great cost. He desired to state that the representatives of the University had received the utmost courtesy from the noble Lord throughout their communications with him; but they decidedly disapproved the design proposed for the elevation.


said, he could only confirm what had been already stated "in another place" by his noble Friend the First Commissioner of Works—namely, that the works at the Burlington House site would be suspended for a few weeks, so as to leave open the question of any modification or alteration of the plan and elevation which had been proposed for the buildings for the London University.

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