The UK's new Holocaust Memorial by Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects is facing criticism for the location of the project from local residents and the Royal Parks. An application for the memorial and learning center is being considered by Westminster City Council, and a petition calling for the protection of the green space is already signed by more than 11,000 members of the public. Planned for Victoria Tower Gardens alongside the River Thames close to the Houses of Parliament, the project is made to be dedicated to the 6 million Jewish men, women and children and other victims murdered by the Nazis. The Royal Parks, which looks after Victoria Tower Gardens, said it opposed the application in a letter to the local authority this week, the Guardian reports. The letter describes the gardens as a “highly sensitive location in planning and heritage terms," and the Royal Parks says that the new design will cause “significant harmful impacts” on the “character and function of the park." The £50 million project was initiated by David Cameron and the winning design was announced in 2017 by a panel of judges including Ephraim Mirvis, Ben Helfgott and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
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