UK government asked to return conservation award for demolition of former embassy building
The Association of Siamese Architects (ASA) has decided to recall the Award for Outstanding Conservation of Architectural Arts from the British Embassy in Bangkok for the demolition of the former embassy building.
The ASA has also demanded the return of the award plaque, which was presented in 1984.
In a statement issued on Friday, the ASA said that the British Embassy building was being demolished without any regard to the historical and architectural value of the building.
The association’s committee on the presentation of the award met to discuss the issue and decided to recall the award and to demand that the plaque be returned to the association.
Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office sold the 25-raid embassy grounds, on the corner of Wireless Road, to a joint venture consortium of Central Group and Hong Kong Land, a member of the Jardine Matheson group, in 2018 for 420 million pounds, about 18.6 billion baht, in the biggest land deal in Thailand’s history.
Tos Chirathivat, chief executive of Central group, earlier said the group wanted to build a mixed-use development that links to the Central Embassy shopping project.
The project will mark the biggest investment in the group’s history.