- Hyde Park Barracks, London
The Hyde Park Barracks are located in
Knightsbridgein central London, Englandon the southern edge of Hyde Park. Historically they were often known as Knightsbridge Barracks and this name is still sometimes used informally. Hyde Park Barracks is three quarters of a mile from Buckingham Palace, close enough for the officers and men of the Household Cavalryto be available to respond speedily to any emergency at the Palace.
The first buildings on the site were constructed for the
Horse Guardsin 1795, and a riding school and stables designed by Philip Hardwickwere added in 1857. These buildings were replaced with new ones by Thomas Henry Wyattin the 1880s, which in turn were demolished to make way for modern buildings designed by Sir Basil Spence, and completed in 1970. It was built to accommodate 23 officers, 60 warrant officers and non-commissioned officers, 431 rank and file, and 273 horses.
The most prominent feature is a 33 storey, convert|94|m|ft|0 tall residential tower, which is one of the two most prominent modern buildings as seen from Hyde Park along with
The London Hilton on Park Lane. It has been described as "dramatically modern and uncompromising",cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/breakfast/3265421.stm |title=Britain's top 10 eyesores |publisher=BBC News |date=13 November, 2003 |accessdate=2008-01-04] but many people have viewed it less favourably; it was voted number eight in a " Country Life" poll of Britain's "top ten eyesores". Lord St John of Fawsleyremarked that "Basil Spence's barracks in Hyde Park ruined that park; in fact, he has the distinction of having ruined two parks, because of his Home Office building, which towers above St. James's Park".fact|date=January 2008
* [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=45904 Knightsbridge Barracks] at the "
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