Going, Going, Gone – Demolition Work At British Embassy Compound Begins

Published on 14th August 2019 by Stickboy BKK

Demolition Work At British Embassy Compound Begins

Photos showing the demolition of the Ambassador’s Residence in the compound of the British Embassy in Bangkok have been widely shared on social media, with many angered and saddened by the sight.

Four pictures of the work were posted by the Facebook page ICOMOSThailand Association and shared thousands of times leading to international coverage of the story.

Demolition Work At British Embassy Compound Begins

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office sold the site in 2018 to a joint-venture consortium of Hongkong Land, a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, and Central Group for 20 billion baht or £420 million.

It was said to be the biggest land deal in Thai history and the FCO’s biggest ever sale with the proceeds to be reinvested in other overseas estates that will facilitate the modernisation of dozens of projects around the world.

An update from the British Embassy stated the old residence will be rebuilt with its original features on the Wireless Road site by its new owners. The Queen Victoria Statue will stay co-located with the Residence when rebuilt as a testament to the significance of this plot of land in UK-Thai relations. And for the first time in 100 years will again be accessible to the public.

The War Memorial has been relocated to the British Club and will continue to be the focus for Remembrance Day commemorations each November.

The British Embassy will make its move to new offices in Sathorn in early 2020.

Photo Credit: ICOMOSThailand Association

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