On to happier matters - at least to some extent.
Disappointingly, Arup Associates' scheme for a new building on London's South Bank, as part of the Shell office complex, has been turned down by Lambeth council despite more than a year of consultations. The scheme, which allowed for access from Waterloo Station to the arts site, is not on South Bank Centre land, and is not crucial to the future of the Rick Mather masterplan. On the other hand, the refusal suggests that Lambeth is still playing the wrong sort of local politics in the area. It is said that a key reason for the refusal was objections from the wealthy residents of the old County Hall North Block, who say their views would be spoiled.This is pathetic stuff.The site is currently a gaping hole of little value, and needs proper urban infill. Perhaps the client, Bovis Lend Lease, will appeal. Can't mayor Livingstone bang some heads together?