But did it really need to be that shape?? Circulation seems to have been an issue since completion (but see also both Tate Moderns, whose crappy lifts are a laughing stock). As for being a "welcoming front door and daytime home for the university’s 8,900 students", one of the team told me it was essentially designed to lure prospective students and their parents.
Maths for beginners. A billion for a small extension? The library itself only cost about half that... And of course the land flagged is a fraction of the original site intended for the library, which was twice the size.
That's a shame - Stonecutter Ct is rather nice, especially the curving stair down to Harp Alley.
Oh, and in 'The proposed 13-storey building responds to the scale of its recently constructed neighbours,’ you have the rubber stamp justification for every new tall building. Literally self-justifying. Great.
It seems clear - though has not be mentioned anywhere - that the site also includes 140 London Wall/aka Bastion House, the last of the 6 tower blocks along London Wall.
The combined site is tricky, for sure, and arguably the current Deconstructivist trend suits it as well as the Brutalism of the 1960s, but not sure what appears a copy of Tate Modern's new wing helps.
A genuinely fascinating proposal continues its journey. There are very, very few combined courthouse and police buildings nowadays and none being built.