Comment on: Narrow views, heritage dogma and fear of the new
"In the case of KPF’s Heron Tower in the City of London, English Heritage (now Historic England) and Westminster Council colluded in the chopping of trees along the Thames embankment – they called it ‘pollarding’ " Probably because that is what it was - a recognised tree management method. They didn't make the term up, proving I guess that the ‘truth’ of language is indeed slippery...
London is littered with buildings from the C219 onwards disfigured by ever-higher roof extensions; this one is no different, really, as the rather scary model shows.
So, Poole Quay has “an amazing eclectic mix of scale and character”? Many who knew it in the 70s and early 80s would say that is exactly what has been swept away since, as even a cursory look at the gross overdevelopment of Dolphin Quay to the left of the Thistle shows. But of course that now serves a precedent for the proposed scheme. As for it having “hidden” cars under it, surely that was enabled by the podium itself which helpfully jacks up the whole shebang so it intrudes even more!? It started with the Tradewinds estate behind Baiter Beech in the mid 80s and sadly BCP council, ironically in their nice little Deco town hall, seems to have lost all control on development on the quay. And don’t get me started about Sandbanks…
@Chris Abbott, my thoughts exactly. Pretty audacious to invest that much on that site in that set of circumstances.
Interesting. I'm not sure I'm convinced about the front elevation, but note the previous building as a progenitor. As for "the recess of the front door [...] provides shelter without the clumsiness of a bolt-on canopy or porch", you eman just like the house next door and indeed all the rest? Recessed porches have been around for some time! The interior isn't to my taste but at least it lacks the bare ply and concrete floor aesthetic that appears so often now.