Stride Treglown has sparked a heated debate about the future of tall buildings in Bristol by unveiling controversial plans for a wave of skyscrapers across the city.
The firm, which was criticised for its 'vile' Tollgate House (AJ 26.8.04), has responded to a local survey on tall buildings by launching a proposal for four 25- to 32-storey towers.
A study by Bristol City Council found nearly 60 per cent of people wanted more towers in their city centre.
According to Martin Pease, a divisional director at Stride Treglown, it is only a matter of time before Bristol's skyline will resemble those of Birmingham and Leeds.
'This is a serious plan and not just a hypothesis, ' he said. 'It's about something that will happen and about making people aware there are sites that could take a building of this size.
'When you mention change people inherently think 'no'.
But if a building is done well it can become a talking point and can enhance the city rather than destroy it, ' Pease added.
However, a scheme to replace the Trenchard Street car park with a 25-storey residential skyscraper has already come in for criticism from the Bristol Civic Society.
Urban design group chairman Jerry Hicks said: 'The site is much too near the city centre for a tall building. Bristol has got a dense medieval core with dramatic church spires and the aggressive quality of a new climax would take away from the best features of the city.'