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Shard appeal

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News of the Renzo Piano appeal decision in relation to his 'shard' design spread like wildfire on the evening before it was announced, not least at a splendid office-warming in Allies and Morrison's new home in Southwark. Various Southwark figures (including exdevelopment director Fred Manson) were in attendance, as were English Heritage representatives Andrew Fane and Geoff Noble. Consultants including Francis Golding and Richard Coleman seemed as gloomy as the EH crowd about the decision, announcing that it represented the death of views. Actually the decision letter gives no comfort to people who might think that anything goes as a result of it. It is based on the quality of the architecture, thank goodness. Incidentally, I hear developer Irvine Sellar is now describing the scheme as the Rockesellar Centre. It could be worse.

It could be Irvine New Town.

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