Eddy Rhead's comments
I tempted to say that if they had done a cake version of Preston Bus Station it would have been demolished in no time. But i wont.
Its funny cos its true.
Bless his cotton socks. He has always been a bit of a blagger our Wayne. Can also make a point of pedantry in that the Renault Distribution Centre is probably better described as Hi-Tech than Post Modern and whilst i dont know Truro Law Courts very well, i dont remember it having that many 'flashy shapes and bold colours'. Im guessing Wayne may have just typed 'british + 80s + architecture' into Google a few minutes before going on air for his 'research'.
The bits of the old hospital ruin what is otherwise a great looking building. Whats the point? The interiors look superb though - MBLA do colour so well.
Shame they couldn't have graced either Manchester or Preston with this exhibition*. I dont think George would have approved. *i am happy to be proved wrong on this when i am told that it will indeed be coming north.
Anyone else left with the feeling "Whats the point?" The natural cynic in my just sees this as an attempt to placate planners and instead of an interesting architectural statement it ends up just being a gimmick and a compromise. Seems an awful lot of space given over to car parking too. I'd be inclined to loose a car and gain more accommodation but then again i have more sense than money.
I dont know about ‘most important planning document since the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947’ - it seems to be just pulling together lots of other polices and, despite my natural instinct to oppose everything this government do, i found myself agreeing (in principle) with much of what it says. The biggest alarm bell was these awful sounding Neighbourhood Forums. Whilst seeking to simplify the planning process these sounds like a great opportunity to put more obstacles in the way of development as applications ping pong between these local groups and local authorities. The idea of the Neighbourhood Forums granting planning permissions fills me with dread! There is real potential for small minded but articulate and vocal 'neighbourhoods' to cherry pick what they decide is acceptable development on their doorstep whilst less engaged or organised communities get all sorts of rubbish dumped on them.
In the past thematic studies have been an excellent way of identifying vulnerable buildings which in turn has led to listings. The work done by EH on cinemas and pubs are two thematic studies that spring to mind. I would suggest libraries be next on the list - if EH have the funds and/ or the will to do so that is.
The 'concept sketches' do not instil me with much confidence that these will be anything but fancy, expensive tower blocks.
This looks to be a really wonderful building. As a Mancunian and a cyclist i have to say im rather jealous of this building - architecturally speaking it puts our own rather mundane velodrome to shame . What i can say is that this sort of facility has a real and positive impact on both participation in cycling and the quality of the cyclists we produce in this country. Our finest cyclists have all admitted that having the Manchester velodrome has improved them as athletes and improved the sport of cycling. This marvellous building can only strengthen Britain's position in the cycling world.