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CABE CRITICISM 'HELPFUL'

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BDP director Peter Drummond has welcomed CABE's 'helpful' criticisms of his £700 million masterplan for Paddington Street, Liverpool.

CABE's design review committee found the 'large and complicated' project still presented concerns after seeing it for the third time.

The committee said more attention needed to be paid to the movement of pedestrians. It identified a 'danger' that parts of the western project would become a 'megastructure' and said the project was least resolved in the area of landscape design: BDP's masterplan involves the creation of a major city centre park.

But Drummond said points raised by the committee would be resolved as the project moved into detailed design stage.He said it was 'rewarding' that CABE had expressed confidence in the 'contemporary' process by which the project was being developed. BDP has already arranged for five other architects to submit planning applications for site buildings.

CABE also said there is 'much to admire and welcome' in Richard Rogers Partnership's revised Grand Union Building for London's Paddington Basin. The committee said that RRP's revised proposals offer 'an even better approach' than the previous scheme.

RRP was forced to rethink the £300 million mixed-use development after failing to win planning permission for its original 42-storey tower scheme. The 110,000m 2project is now a series of six graduated and interlinking blocks of nine to 30storeys on a canalside site. However, it remains concerned about access arrangements between the Grand Union Building and the isolated part of Paddington north of the Westway, and the uncomfortable relationship between the southern office buildings and the adjacent residential Windings scheme proposed by Jestico + Whiles.

The committee was also pleased with the progress made by Panter Hudspith Architects on its £8.2 million Lincoln City and County Museum since its last presentation - the result of a 'thoughtful response' to earlier comments.

However, the committee did have two detailed comments, relating to the south elevation and the horizontal 'slot' windows, that it hopes will be taken into account as the design develops.

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