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CABE slates lack of ambition in Bracknell and Leicester

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CABE has urged bolder designs for a major mixed-use scheme for Bracknell and criticised a Leicester housing scheme for lacking character.

EDAW's 600-home Bracknell scheme, including a hotel and civic square, 60,000m 2of shops and 43,000m 2of leisure, came under fire for its tepid design. 'We think there may be a role for an urban gesture grander than anything in the present proposal, ' said the commission.

CABE urged the masterplanner to strengthen its scheme, and the local authority to take a bolder approach in its strategy for the area.

Meanwhile, Goddard Manton's design for 900 homes on a Leicester brownfield site on Bede Island lacked a 'sense of place', said CABE. 'What will this neighbourhood feel like to live in and move through? Further consideration is required in the street environment, including the hierarchy o spaces and the distinctiveness of the different parts.'

There was ambiguity about the public and private spaces and the backs and fronts of buildings it added.The housing includes a 10- and 14-storey tower and blocks of four to six storeys.

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