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Michael Ball

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  • Comment on: Heatherwick picked for New York’s ‘Pier 55’ floating park

    Michael Ball's comment 18-Nov-2014 0:57 am

    let's hope it's not as vapid, fripperous, ill-considered, over-designed, under-funded, and publicity-driven as the Garden Bridge.

  • Comment on: Lambeth approves Heatherwick's Garden Bridge

    Michael Ball's comment 12-Nov-2014 10:49 am

    It's a pity the real story isn't told: Lambeth almost refused this - a motion to refuse was defeated by 4 votes to 3, despite the charm of Lumley, Heatherwick, and TfL senior Richard Di Cani. Lambeth attached 46 conditions which must be resolved and come back to the committee before a final decision. For the wheels to start coming off an infrastructure project at this stage must be worrying. They don't have the money - £30m raised from private funds for a £175m project, with £60m promised by Boris and George which may well be reviewed by their successors. Citigroups celebrated £3m donation last week won't pay for one year of the £3.5m annual running costs. And they don't yet even have an interest in the land. Oh, and the Temple sent a late objection threatening Lambeth that they would be acting illegally if they granted permission at this stage... Garden Bridge hits troubled waters more like

  • 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

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