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Allies & Morrison gets all-clear for Woolwich Arsenal

CABE's design review panel has welcomed Allies and Morrison's masterplan for the redevelopment of the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich.

However, concerns were raised over the detailed design quality of the plan's Royal Carriage Factory, by the A&Q Partnership.

This is the first chance that CABE has had to review Allies and Morrison's proposals for the controversial south-east London site.

The practice was parachuted into the scheme after developer Berkeley Homes turned to them when original plans for the site, designed by Broadway Malyan, were called in by ODPM earlier this year ( see article here).

CABE praised two key design changes to the original masterplan - a 'greater clarity of thought' behind the urban design and a reduction in the number of units proposed.

However, CABE raised fears over A&Q Partnership's proposals in respect of 'the mix of typologies' and 'quality of courtyard space'.

The watchdog's design review panel said of Royal Carriage Factory designs: 'CABE concludes that it has seen no evidence to suggest that [the project's] Block C tower will meet the joint CABE and English Heritage tall buildings guidance.'

See CABE's comments here

by Rob Sharp

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