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Demolishing the historic British Embassy to make way for a shopping center

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1 hour ago, Basil B said:

for sure if it were in the UK it would have been a listed building, pity common sense did not prevail... try to keep some of the features such as the the facade of the main building and the Queen Vic monument.   

The monument has been preserved.

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Like we should be regretting giving other prime location, such as Hong Kong, Malta, Oman, just to name a few.

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3 minutes ago, Just Weird said:

Anyone who wanted to do that could have done exactly that but, apparently, no one did.

Not for half a billion quid...

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Thailand has ZERO respect for historical buildings unless they are temples or royal abodes. As much as they spout off about culture it amazes me they don't have an agency that helps preserve buildings of historical relevance. 

It's why wherever you go in Thailand, every city looks the same, except Bangkok. 

 

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1 hour ago, Fred white said:

Since that money was stolen from the tax payers it should be returned to them yeah right

Could you explain that? 

 

The Embassy was paid for by the sale of land and buildings originally gifted to the UK by the KIng.  Taxpayers did not have it stolen from them but, by definition, the latest sale proceeds have been returned to the UK government, i.e. the taxpayers.

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10 minutes ago, gregchambers said:

The new PM, Boris Johnson, probably won't be amused as he is a good friend of former PM Abhisit and was probably planning to lounge around in the embassy... but you can imagine Madame May being keen on dumbing down the presence in Bangkok.

 

But aren't embassy grounds a gift of the country they sit in, so really the money should go back to Thailand? Also, why didn't the embassy retain the land and offer Central a 30 year lease... in 30 years time it would be worth an awful lot more,,, or maybe they figure Bangkok will be flooded out and the land worthless?

 

Would not surprise me if the new embassy is in a terrible location for individuals to access.

The new Embassy will be at AIA Sathorn office building. On the BTS line between Surasak and Chong Nonsi. A new station is being built directly outside the building.

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1 hour ago, CGW said:

Pure greed, in years to come this decision will be regretted! 😞 

I doubt it. TAT is sure to promote Thailand as the Hub of Shopping Centres and Malls.

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In the video it says that the Embassy will move to a location in Sathorn at the end of this year and that the old residence will be rebuilt where it was once the new development is finished, and with Victoria's statue in the gardens.

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28 minutes ago, Fred white said:

Do you freely give your money to the govt or do you do it because if you don't you could lose everything you have and possibly go to jail

Government money was used to build the Embassy, it was not stolen from the taxpayer!  Do you know he word "research"?

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26 minutes ago, sanemax said:

Would have been nice to preserve the building and turn it into a hotel

The UK government is in the hotel business?

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2 hours ago, GarryP said:

Another shopping center? Really? As if there aren't enough already. The market is not saturated, its bloody flooded with them.

Yes, but need more so the citizens have somewhere to go to and bask in the cool air-conditioning environment.

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2 minutes ago, Just Weird said:

Government money was used to build the Embassy, it was not stolen from the taxpayer!  Do you know he word "research"?

Where does the govt get it's money

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26 minutes ago, Saltire said:

Has the UK Embassy actually moved now then, website still shows Wireless Road near Bumrungrad hospital?

Is it still same place for documents etc?

Presumably they'll let you know when you make your appointment.

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Bad taste triumphs in Bangkok once again.  Sad, but not a surprise in the least. 

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