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BFLS in hot water over contentious Dalston skyscraper

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BFLS’s Eco Tower scheme in Dalston, north London has been described as ‘horrendous’ by locals and come in for criticism from English Heritage

The 18-storey project was branded ‘horrendous’ and an ‘eyesore’ by a resident interviewed on local news service East London Lines.

Submitted for planning in December 2011, the proposals have also received objections from a number of architects and local bloggers.

The OPEN Dalston blog has urged its readers to comment on the planning application and voice their concerns over the scheme. The website’s authors have also complained about the project to the Greater London Authority.

Commenting on the planning application, English Heritage said the proposal to replace a two-storey building close to Kingsland High Street station, ‘does not adequately respect the historic area’s character’.

The heritage watchdog added the scheme would benefit from a ‘reduction in scale’ and ‘a more contextual materials palette’.

BFLS’s design features retail aspace and a block of 130 flats. Thirteen per cent will be affordable.

The 50 metre-tall scheme is set back from the main road, with a five-storey street frontage addressing Kingsland High Street.

Passivhaus expert Justin Bere of Bere Architects said: ‘Due to its height and prominence, any tall building should be of the highest architectural quality, and should be subject to rigorous design review. This should apply wherever the building site is located.

‘The residents of Hackney deserve the same quality of building and the same support in this regard as people in the City of London do, or the residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.’

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