I think it is time the Sandhurst was sold off and training moved to Brecon or Catterick. Naturally, the money raised from selling or leasing these buildings will be ploughed into the defence estates elsewhere.....?
The Citadel (the concretey thing mercifully covered in creeper) is dead boring inside, just rooms and steel doors and artificial ventilation with punkah louvres on the trunking - a bit like a ship in fact.
When I saw this I was automatically outraged! However given a minute to read the article it's only being leased for 125 years and it can't be changed into apartments or a home. So to be honest, who fucking cares it's not going to be knocked down or changed from the outside it's actually quite a good idea.
Should have given some thought to preserving it as a tourist attraction run by the London Dungeon company.
So let's sell of the Houses of Parliament - move the lot to porta-cabins in the Midlands, so they can be closer to the electorate and save on travel costs and have Aspire run the place.
Chequers, Chevening,Dorneywood, Hillsborough Castle - flog 'em all and turn them into Spearmint Rhinos or casinos..... would get a better quality of person through them.
1 June 2006 - "Provided government is sensibly run and sensibly managed, official residences are useful places," Lord Howe told the BBC News website.
Really Lord Howe?????
I heard some fool of a radio host going on this afternoon that it will now be "more accessible" - sure, if you are prepared to pay £10 for a pint to see the same grey and brown minimalist modern decor - I have not doubt that any internal fittings will be removed by the government or the new owners and it will be like a McDonalds inside by the time Sebastian the Interior Architect from Soho has finished with it !
The rot set in back in 1997, when the former White Star Steward /Deputy Prime Minister Two Jags ostentatiously put London homeless into it for a couple of weeks - then bagged it as his own HQ for the duration of his tenure.
This step is just another mark of the enduring spite towards the Armed Forces emanating from the Treasury.