ARCHITECT Richard Fakhry has declared there is “absolutely no hope” for The George Hotel to be restored.
Mr Fakhry, who was hired by developer Gerald Rawson, put forward the application for demolition and says that it’s impossible to put a figure on what the hotel would cost to restore.
But he has assured the community that whatever is to replace the hotel would fit in with the streetscape.
“It’s a building that is, in our view, past its economic life,” he said.
“To try and restore it to something of economic value is not viable.
“Gerald asked the question (of price) a long time ago and no-one could put a figure on it.
“The inside is shocking – vandals have smashed the windows and there is quite a large number of cracks in the walls.”
Mr Fakhry questioned what Tuesday’s protestors hoped to achieve.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, February 6, 2014.