Subsequent to my post on Friday, there have been further comments on the Morland Gardens redevelopment proposal. Philip Grant, a local historian, has written on the history of the building.
The assessment accompanying the application is that during the building's long life the historical features were all stripped out and only the shell remained. As an aside, I don't recognise his various descriptions of the debate around Willesden Library which was subject to a number of misconceptions. Essentially, he wants to turn down the current proposal for 65 housing units, some workspace and a further education college in order to retain the Victorian shell and have half the number of housing units. Which choice one would make depends on a value judgement.
Mr Grant has commented below. Just to unpack my comment on misconceptions. I was commenting on misconceptions in general, which I summarised at the time. I believe that Mr Grant suggested that the only publicity given to the proposed redevelopment was a small focus group, and nothing else. This was not so as a number of reports and Council meetings had described the options as they were developed (all in the public domain), the Willesden Area Consultative Forum had been informed as referenced in the 2012 post I have just linked to, the Willesden and Brent Times had covered the story (as referenced in the article I just linked to, and I personally had had a number of conversations on the subject with various parties to the library litigation.