Abandoned, the former maintenance depot is charged with a potent melancholy. Stripped of its furniture and fittings, it's a blank canvas. It could have been anything [...] It and other disused buildings are part of the imaginative life of the city. Accretions of narrative gather like dust on the windows; fictional spores spread from the walls to the floors and out into the streets. Collapse all those empty rooms and it would be like taking the silences out from between the notes. In terms of contrast, there would be no more black and white, only shades of grey. You'd lose not only the vital parts of London's history, but also myriad variations on its possible futures. 

Royle, N 'Abandoned Buildings' in Kerr, J and Gibson, A (eds) (2003) London : From Punk to Blair London: Reaktion