M SUMNER's Comments
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.
The Homes and Communities Agency comments look similar to other statements made by this government when their favoured strategy is challenged: "The experts don't know what they are talking about, we know best, this is what the people want, and anyone who disagrees is a liar."
Comment on: McAslan unwraps King’s Cross station concourse
The southern view from 1989 shows how the existing hall was intended to sit low and flat so as avoid detracting from the original arches. The recent platform extension to St Pancras next door follows a similar approach, with a flat roof below the level of the main arch. They both failed in their effort to respect the original structure. Hopefully in time St Pancras will be similarly improved.
‘We’ve appointed a highly experienced developer with the ability to deliver a carefully considered scheme which is sympathetic to Cane Hill’s outstanding natural environment, its excellent location and supports the future growth of Coulsdon town centre.’ How can they say this about Barratt without laughing?
In amongst all these jolly, light-hearted and interesting houses, the flat block looks a bit dull really. Lets have more of this please.
Comment on: Ex-ASL staff launch legal bid
Good. Staff who have been denied their honest wages should have priority, not the management who did this to them. Even if it means they lose more as a result, at least those responsible will be held to account.