HB&P comments on the Sainsbury Wing Application

Posted: 25 November 2022

Historic Buildings & Places has submitted our official comment on the revised planning application for the for the external and internal alterations, including remodelling of external gates, replacement glazing and adaption of the loggia and internal lobby to the National Gallery’s Sainsbury Wing.

While we welcome some elements of the revised plan, there is still significant concern over the level of harm the proposed alterations would have on the significance and integrity of the Grade I listed Sainsbury Wing, as outlined in our original submission.

Our recommendation is for the application to be withdrawn and we encourage the National Gallery Trustees to explore a wider range of solutions that will better respect the buildings they have and broaden the visitor experience within the complex.

Our full comment and reason for our recommendation can be found here.