Iconic 20th Century Fox HQ building in Soho threatened with demolition

Ben Arnold
Contributor
20th Century Fox's former HQ in Soho (Credit: Twitter)

20th Century Fox's former HQ in London’s West End is being threatened with demolition.

The iconic building, standing in the corner of Soho Square, was built in 1937 and opened a year later in a ceremony attended by screen and music hall legend Gracie Fields.

It was vacated by Fox in March this year, following its billion dollar takeover by Disney.

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But now, according to Screen International, fund management company Royal London Asset Management has submitted an application to the City of Westminster to demolish it to make way for a new building.

The new building would comprise 'residential flats, retail and restaurant units, and office space'.

An objection to the plans is already in place from the Soho Society, which points out that the Square is a conservation area.

Soho resident and film producer Colin Vaines, whose credits include Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, Coriolanus and The Young Victoria, is among those leading the challenge against the development plans, calling the likely capitulation of Westminster Council 'shameful'.

Others have chimed in too, with a campaign now gaining support on social media.