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CABE design committee urges Allenby/Connaught to soldier on

CABE has asked Allenby/Connaught to make the extra effort to 'push the model of army life' at its Rushmoor army barracks scheme.

CABE's design review committee said the MoD scheme needed 'further design work on the site planning and design of the soldiers' living accommodation' to meet its aspirations.

While it said the design of the individual blocks had improved since it last examined the scheme, it was still concerned that there was a 'stubbornness' in the approach to its development that was hindering improvements.

CABE also criticised elements of Purcell Miller Tritton's RNLI museum and restaurant in Cromer, north Norfolk, saying the scheme had 'lost the clarity of the original concept for a simple curved form responding to the topography'. It said a number of key components had 'an ambiguous relationship with the overall curved geometry' and it called for further consideration to the design of the south elevation and left-over space behind the building.

The committee also examined John Thompson and Partners' station and car park proposals for St Albans, which it called 'well considered'. 'We consider that the proposals relate well to their context and do not detract from the qualities of the conservation area, ' it added. However, it asked whether the car park should be moved to an alternative site.

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