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Company removes ‘anti-homeless’ spikes

Property investment firm based in Shaftesbury Avenue makes changes after concern over hostile architecture

06 April, 2018 — By Tom Foot

How the Mayfield Group entrance looked this week 

A PROPERTY investment firm has agreed to remove spikes from its front entrance after the Westminster Extra intervened.

A reader had contacted this newspaper in February about what he believed was hostile architecture designed to stop homeless people sleeping outside the Mayfield Group offices in Shaftesbury Avenue.

The reader said new alterations to the front of the building lacked compassion, particularly in the freezing temperatures at that time.

How it looked before

The company said in February it would consider removing the spikes from the front of the building that had been put there to stop people sitting and eating takeaway food outside their front door.

This week senior manager Michelle Geddes said: “By way of an update we have now removed the spikes at the front of our offices as we discussed last month.”

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