CABE has gone in with all guns blazing over a 'verylow-quality design' for a new £70 million interchange building in Doncaster by Carey Jones after it was alerted to the case by the local Civic Trust.Head of design review Peter Stewart has written to English Heritage, the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber, and the local council warning them that if the local authority waves it through, CABE will press for it to be called in.
Doncaster Civic Trust secretary Eric Braim said it was of poor quality: 'It will be a huge structure, seven storeys high and mainly clad in shiny metal.
It will be inward looking and unrelated to the town.' Braim, who has discussed the scheme with the architect, added that it would dominate the town's northern approach, detract from the setting of listed buildings and create access and parking problems. Stewart and design review chairman Paul Finch echoed Braim's view: 'We believe this is a scheme of very low quality and should not be given planning permission in anything like its present form, ' they said. 'It has the characteristics of an unvariegated megastructure. Many schemes of this nature were built 20 or 30 years ago - most are now regretted and few are commercially successful.'
In a strongly worded letter, CABE added that the scheme, for developer Teesland, was 'unacceptable as architecture', presenting a 'bland yet inpenetrable face to the outside world'. The scheme needed a fresh start, rather than 'tinkering', it said.
Carey Jones refused to comment.