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ColladoCollins hits back at CABE over 'incoherent' £160 million Tesco plan

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A ‘frustrated’ ColladoCollins has retaliated following a stinging attack by CABE on the practice’s proposals for a £160 million Tesco-led development in Bromley-by Bow, east London

Earlier this week the design watchdog’s review panel published damning criticisms of the proposed development, which will include a new ‘exemplar’ superstore, hotel, community library, 293 homes and 18 shops, slamming its ‘incoherent site layout and the disjointed architectural approach’.

Now the practice has hit back at the commission’s assault on the masterplan, saying it had been working within a layout drawn up by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) which was subsequently adopted as a policy framework by the local authority.

A spokesman said: ‘Most of CABE’s comments related to the masterplan which was prepared by the LTGDC and adopted as planning policy by Tower Hamlets [council].

‘It is therefore frustrating that CABE has not taken into account the fact that the scheme needs to respond to this policy framework. We have worked closely over many months with Design for London, the Greater London Authority and the LTGDC in preparing the new proposals.’

He added: ‘We have changed the scheme substantially as a result of the consultation process including the comments received from CABE.’

The scheme is expected to be heard by the local planning committee in May.

Previous story (10.03.10)

CABE: ColladoCollins’ Tesco plans are ‘disjointed and incoherent’

The government’s design watchdog has criticised the ‘incoherent site layout and the disjointed architectural approach’ of CollardoCollins’s £160 million Tesco-led proposals in Bromley-by-Bow, east London

CABE’s design review panel attacked the scheme to replace an existing Tesco supermarket with a new superstore, hotel, community library, 293 homes and 18 shops, saying it had major concerns about the poor living environment for future residents.

The commission claimed that the ‘Tesco-led investment opportunity’ had not led to a good masterplan and would create a site cut off from the surrounding neighbourhood by the A12 and leave most homeowners with views of the ‘heavily trafficked carriageway, the roof of the store and the petrol station.’

The different elements do not work together to create a convincing new district centre

The report reads: ‘This scheme lacks a clear masterplan idea informing the location and character of the different elements which, as currently proposed, do not work together to create a convincing new district centre and residential community.

‘The site layout is incoherent and piece-meal, particularly at its edges, and does not successfully resolve the conflict between traffic and the character of the residential streets and public spaces.

‘We support the aspiration to create east-west connections through the site, but further work is needed to integrate the development into the existing town centre and the proposed Three Mills Park.’

The commission was also unhappy with the tall building ‘marker’ proposed by the practice (AJ 04.12.09).

The report continues: ‘The residential tower is sited where noise, air quality and outlook will be at its worst next to the A12 and we are concerned about the impact of overshadowing on the homes and public space to the northeast.

The massive black tower is awkward and does not read successfully with the basic and ungainly hotel podium

‘The massive black tower is awkward and does not read successfully with the basic and ungainly hotel podium, or relate to the architecture of the mansion blocks.’

However CABE was more favourable about the ‘anchor’ exemplar superstore design, saying ‘there was some strength in the idea of a wave-form roof in relation to the open space of the river’ and praised, in general, the project brief and mix of uses on the site.

The scheme is expected to go before Tower Hamlet’s planning committee in May.

Click here to read the full CABE review.

To see the full planning documents click here.

Neither Tesco nor ColladoCollins was available for comment.




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