This is standard practice for any soulless cynical developer. Get something special to win the planners over, then replace it with the cheapest standardised tat you can find.
Surprisingly heavy handed for Glenn Howells. The second image makes the proposals look overbearing in relation to the classical temple which is the obvious focal point of the scene.
So the architect met the requirements of the brief, and in fact exceeded them. What were they thinking? They should have known the media would attack them regardless. Maybe they should have knocked 12,000 seats out of the design so that no-one could complain of restricted views.
That looks like it will fit in nicely with its context. Delicate, slender, and reflecting the pattern of streets and buildings in the old town of Hull. Not a big featureless slab at all. I particularly like the way the sky will be visible in the facades, so it won't stand out too much.
Comment on: Hawkins\Brown submits Clapham Junction plans
I hate to agree with a local politician, but this scheme is too dense. Compare the previous scheme from 2009 and this is obviously a poorer quality proposal. No articulation, no variation, just massive heavy slabs filling every space to the edges.