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CABE slates St Katharine Dock scheme for a fourth time

CABE has slated the latest redesign of Gaunt Francis Architects’ (GFA) St Katharine Dock’s scheme in East London

Once again the scheme has failed to win the backing of the design review body, which said that, while ‘broadly supportive of the overall aims of the proposal’, it had not changed its views of the scheme, despite additional information being provided.

‘We are not yet convinced that the overall public realm strategy has been resolved. Overall, in keeping with the robust character of the dock itself, we would suggest that a simpler approach is taken.’

It is the fourth negative review the £120 million scheme has received. In March 2006, the original proposal was labelled ‘muddled’ and a substantial redesign was carried out. The scheme’s landmark 17-storey elliptical tower was remodelled after CABE labelled elements ‘awkward and unstable’.

Read the review here.

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