Allies and Morrison stands firm on Aldgate Place despite new Cabe flak
Allies and Morrison’s Aldgate Place redevelopment will not be redesigned despite Cabe’s latest call for significant alterations to the building’s lay-out and landscaping
The mixed-use City fringe scheme - backed by Barratt London and British Land - was tweaked following a Cabe design review in December however a raft of criticisms made by the organisation in April have yet to be addressed.
The 0.8 hectare project - featuring 500 apartments, a 150 bedroom hotel, commercial and retail in buildings rising up to 25 storeys - is expected to go before local authority Tower Hamlet’s planning committee meeting in June.
In a statement, Barratt London regional managing director Alastair Baird said the project team had ‘sought wherever possible to incorporate [Cabe’s] comments’ and added: ‘We believe that the current scheme is of the highest quality and will deliver significant regeneration benefits.’
In its latest report, Cabe supported the ‘kite’ layout for residential buildings, the overall architectural approach and ‘the different character areas in the landscape plan’, but recommended relocating the lift/stair core to provide more dynamic space at ground and upper floors.
Cabe also expressed concerns over limited daylight in some apartments, more varied brickwork and detailing for the residential elements and suggested a more comprehensive landscaping plan to knit together currently ‘disjointed’ areas.
However, it praised the proposed roof gardens and sustainability strategy, especially the plan to share an energy system with a neighbouring new residential development to the south.
Wilkinson Eyre previously gained two different planning consents for commercial schemes at Aldgate Place for Tishman Speyer before Allies and Morrison was chosen to lead the design effort.
Allies and Morrison and British Land declined to comment.