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CABE hits out at BDP

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has called for new architects to be drafted in on a £95 million city centre scheme in Norwich by BDP and Eric Kuhne Associates. CABE's design review panel said this week that the quality of architecture on the housing and retail scheme is insufficient for it to be granted detailed planning permission and it wants tenants to be able to choose their own architects. In particular, the scheme came under fire for failing to connect the 54,000m 2retail space with the city's fabric.

Nevertheless, it described the development as 'of a higher quality than many recent retail developments'. It also saw Rolfe Judd Architects' scheme for a P&O development for four blocks to the east of King's Cross railway station in London and called for a masterplan to resolve the 'lack of clarity' in the scheme. Rolfe Judd proposes a 300-bed hotel and a 10,000m 2new office building, but CABE said 'neither building is yet adequate as a piece of architecture'. Battersea Power Station, masterplanned by Arup Associates, was broadly welcomed, and the panel took a second look at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, by Long & Kentish with Colin St John Wilson.

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