Chris Medland's Comments
Comment on: Alone in Riverside One
Several PhD's could be written about this issue as it is such a complex mix of politics, economics and science. However one simple fact remains. Recession and CfSH aside, human habitation on this planet in its current form is not sustainable. just think about the implications of that for a second. The unfolding drama in one of nothing less than than the survival of our species and the world in which we live. The Architects may only have a bit part in this but now is a crucial time to be playing that part in full. We need to fully back prompt upgrades to the building regulations to a minimum equivelent of Code 5 for all housing now and Code 6 by 2016. Let's do our bit to get on with the task in hand and not give developers any amunition to bully local authorities in accepting below par developments. Gone are the days where developers can claim to be providing sustainable housing by meeting Code 3 and we should, through the RIBA, ARB, and other bodies make sure this is understood. Practical, considered sustainable development is a minimum standard now not somthing that is an optional extra.
much more sensible. look forward to seeing a Pink Floyd reunion gig there adorned with an inflatable pig.
How about demolishing the Palace of Westminster - we could squeeze at least 500 riverside apartments on that site.
Comment on: Grandstanding at Battersea
Fundamentally, the key issue in regard to the selection of a site for a sports stadia with a capacity 60,000 is its connection to suitable public transport. Battersea Power Station does not have a suitable connection nearby. The extended Northern Line does not serve fans coming from Chelsea’s heartland. What is needed is a location close to an existing transport hub, say Clapham Junction – perhaps as part of a masterplan to regenerate/rebuild the Winstanley Estate. Combined with our proposals for a new footbridge between Imperial Wharf and Battersea this approach would starts to make some sense.
The KSS proposal opens up the riverfront walkway which as a local is great. Perhaps there is an oppurtunity to brighten up some of the grey cladding? As a Fulham fan we dont often need more grey in our lives. In fact a view to the river to watch the boat race from the stand could come as a welcome relief.
This saga is getting ridiculous! Has it not occurred to anyone that the best use for Battersea Power Station is as a power station. With a huge area of south facing roof, 4 vast wind swept chimneys, a vast volume open to solar gain and its immediate proximity to a tidal river with a 8m tidal difference there must be viable options for a mixed mode approach to sustainable energy production.