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Michael Bach

Michael Bach

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  • Comment on: Eric Parry’s City skyscraper in question as investor pulls out

    Michael Bach's comment 6 August, 2019 9:31 am

    A lesson from history - some of the worst things never happen!

  • Comment on: Mayor calls in SimpsonHaugh’s controversial Seifert hotel scheme in Kensington

    Michael Bach's comment 14 May, 2019 11:12 am

    This proposal is contrary the development plan - London Plan and the Local Plan - with regard to the tall buildings proposed and the resulting impacts.

    It is a pity that the photographs used to present the proposed scheme have not used the same lens - it is amazing how using a wide-angle lens and selective cropping can "misrepresent" both the proposed buildings and the existing building.

    The bottom line is a set of buildings twice as bulky as the current building, which itself busted all the 1970s policies on height, density and bulk. Today the site is surrounded by conservation areas on all sides.

    What is needed is not to replace one eyesore with another twice as bulky, but do as Terry Farrell did for the Marsham Street towers (MHCLG's HQ) - replace an offensive development with one that removes the harm - just as much floorspace but no longer imposing both the locality or the skyline.

    It is time for the Mayor to start applying the London Plan policies.

  • Comment on: London ‘should follow New York’ in banning glass towers

    Michael Bach's comment 26 April, 2019 2:04 pm

    Sadiq Khan and Jules Pipe need to start showing some strategic leadership on tall buildings in London. The number of new tall buildings joining the 541 already in the planning pipeline (according to NLA's 2019 Tall Buildings Survey) seems to be growing unabated from the Johnson/Lister years. Do they care about what this is doing to London, but more particularly to local communities.

    Sadiq Khan's manifesto "A City for all Londoners" suggested that local communities needed to be comfortable with the scale and nature of change. London Forum mirrored this back to Jules Pipe and James Murray by asking "What kind of London do Londoners want?", suggesting that looking back in 10 years' time whether they could be proud of their legacy.

    Looking at performance since 2016, the Mayor has failed to influence the future form of London in a way that many Londoners would want.

    There is a parallel with climate change. Every day we are faced with big decisions - we can choose the right direction or carry on in the wrong direction. The pipeline of tall buildings is like the build-up global climate change - our future is being compromised by the lack of strategic change of direction by the Mayor.

  • Comment on: London ‘should follow New York’ in banning glass towers

    Michael Bach's comment 26 April, 2019 10:56 am

    Sadiq Khan and Jules Pipe need to start showing some strategic leadership on tall buildings in London. The number of new tall buildings joining the 541 already in the planning pipeline (according to NLA's 2019 Tall Buildings Survey) seems to be growing unabated from the Johnson/Lister years. Do they care about what this is doing to London, but more particularly to local communities.

    Sadiq Khan's manifesto "A City for all Londoners" suggested that local communities needed to be comfortable with the scale and nature of change. London Forum mirrored this back to Jules Pipe and James Murray by asking "What kind of London do Londoners want?", suggesting that looking back in 10 years' time whether they could be proud of their legacy.

    Looking at performance since 2016, the Mayor has failed to influence the future form of London in a way that many Londoners would want.

    There is a parallel with climate change. Every day we are faced with big decisions - we can choose the right direction or carry on in the wrong direction. The pipeline of tall buildings is like the build-up global climate change - our future is being compromised by the lack of strategic change of direction by the Mayor.

  • Comment on: Chipperfield’s Munich housing block proposal revealed

    Michael Bach's comment 15 October, 2018 1:36 pm

    Well at least it looks like housing and fits into its setting, unlike One Kensington Gardens which looks like a car park and is totally alien to its setting.

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