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Michael Ball

Michael Ball

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  • Comment on: Boris: London's new skyline is 'strange and exotic'

    Michael Ball's comment 15-Oct-2014 2:36 pm

    Only 3% sold overseas? Another Boris lie. Centre for Cities report in Feb identified 11% of new homes across London sold overseas in 2012-13, and a whopping 57% in central London. British Property Foundation report 'Who buys new homes in London and why?' puts the overall proportion sold overseas at 15%, 49% in central London.

  • Comment on: Police 'lockdown' MIPIM UK as protestors gather

    Michael Ball's comment 15-Oct-2014 2:28 pm

    Presumably Boris is going to tell those developers at MIPIM what he told the Standard last week, that they must build homes for Londoners and sell them to Londoners, rather than selling off-plan overseas before Londoners get a look in... Oh, that's not what he's telling developers? He's telling them to stack 'em high and sell 'em expensive to whoever they like as part of his World City?? You mean, Boris speaks with forked tongue? Isn't it time the media outed him as a straight-ahead liar?

  • Comment on: Approved: KPF succeeds where Make failed with Bondway skyscraper

    Michael Ball's comment 7-Aug-2014 12:41 pm

    - a 60% reduction in employment floorspace on existing, and less than the refused MAKE scheme - only 90 affordable housing units (20%) where MAKE's scheme (at the bottom of the market in 2010) offered 111 (29%), despite the fact that this scheme had 70 more flats than MAKEs - density 5 times the recommended maximum for anywhere in London - virtually no complementary open space, albeit 149m more than the MAKE scheme (wow!) - this was the issue Pickles rejected MAKE So a worse scheme in terms of outputs (unless you're a speculative residential property speculator). And 30m taller, way above the 150m height restriction for the cluster before it pops up in the WHS view... given UNESCO's most recent threat, prepare for the call in. BTW it doesn't 'pop up' in the view from Lambeth, more slaps you in the face

  • Comment on: Scotland could learn from the South Bank – despite the risks

    Michael Ball's comment 5-Dec-2013 2:03 am

    The rationale which Gormley and others have probably failed to take into account is the impact of 7 additional towers proposed for the Shell site reaching up to 127m, currently the subject of a planning inquiry. The Royal Festival Hall and Festival wing are in danger of being dwarfed by these towers. The proposed glazed additions will give the arts complex some sort of presence in the view which it would otherwise lack. As a fan of the form of the Festival buildings but a critic of some of the functional shortcomings and appalling land use at ground (car parks, slip roads, undercrofts) I think the architects have produced a great proposal, precisely the sort of solution we were advocating a decade ago (we produced an alternative masterplan in 2001, some of whose elements FCBS appear to have borrowed), but were ignored at the time... (Motto: the community is always ahead of the game) Michael Ball, Waterloo Community Development Group

  • Comment on: Zaha Hadid wins Stirling Prize at fourth attempt

    Michael Ball's comment 5-Oct-2010 10:00 am

    The overhang (pictured) over the front is remarkably like Pimlico School - which was demolished this summer by the barbarians (politicians) including Sir Simon Milton (then Westminster Council, now Boris' deputy Mayor for Planning!!!), Jack Straw (former Chair of Governors who cooked up the demolition), and Lord McIntosh (who ignored EH advice to list). But no matter: Zaha's new school in Shakespeare Rd (Brixton) is almost complete and is a worthy successor to Pimlico. Ha ha, Zaha...

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