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CABE blasts 'extremely disappointing' Wolverhampton scheme

CABE has slammed a project by Sutherland Craig Partnership in Wolverhampton, stating that it was 'extremely disappointed' by the scheme.

The development includes a building containing 152 flats, which was described by CABE's review panel as 'a scheme of such low quality, on a site in an area of regeneration, with significant potential to set high design standards'.

CABE's report added: 'There is no evidence to suggest that the perimeter block proposed will be successful on this site. The block leaves a large courtyard space in the middle that will be substantially overshadowed and therefore of poor quality.'

The damning statement continued: 'The architecture is of poor quality; it appears to be trying too hard to be a landmark building by using a complicated palette of materials and a complicated form.'

John Sutherland, the lead architect behind the scheme, said his practice is confused by the comments and is awaiting a response from the local authority.

'It is essentially the same proposal that was granted planning permission several years back, so we are slightly confused by the comments,' said Sutherland.

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It's a bit puzzling, but we will be meeting with the local authority to hear its views and will decide our action from there,' he added.

by Richard Vaughan

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