Intense council pressure has forced Newcastle-based practice FaulknerBrowns to reconsider its designs for vital student accommodation in Sheffield.
If the scheme in Broomhill is given the go-ahead, it would replace 1960s and '70s University of Sheffield buildings that students had complained about.
Trevor Sullivan, Sheffield City Council's principal planning officer, said: 'We felt we couldn't recommend the scheme for approval as it stood.' The 25ha site - labelled 'Project Blade' by the architect - is planned to house 5,300 firstyear students, 'a year's housing supply in Sheffield', according to Sullivan.
In a report last November, CABE's Design Review Panel said: 'The committee found the architectural aspirations bland and disappointing, and felt they did not live up to the challenge of this site.' AFaulknerBrowns spokesman said: 'There's an ongoing dialogue between the council, CABE and us to refine the design.'