Letter: Save the Voss Building.
THANKS are due to Larry Neild (Daily Post, Oct 31) for highlighting the importance of the Voss Motors Building, at Mann Island. His article "Car showroom dubbed a classic worth conserving" was spot on.
This building, designed by the renowned architect Herbert Rowse, is in danger of demolition. Let us not forget that Rowse, having studied at the Liverpool School of Architecture, was responsible for such gems as the India Buildings, Martin's Bank and the Philharmonic Hall.
Examination of the style of the Voss Motors Building reveals elements of Lutyens's (never to be built) Cathedral. Lutyens was working on his design in this city at the time Rowse designed the motors building.
English Heritage proposed the building was capable of going back to beneficial use, so surely the city cannot lose this legacy to accommodate some black office blocks.
The Twentieth Century Society has pleaded for the preservation of this important building, asking for it to be brought back into use (I suggest it is ideal as a museum or art gallery). To this end, I have applied to English Heritage Protection to have this building listed and to invoke a building preservation notice to prevent its imminent demolition.
Lest we forget, the demolition of this building was approved by one casting vote in the council chamber. Surely it is not too late for this woeful decision to be reversed?