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CABE praises Make's Southall Gasworks scheme

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CABE has given a glowing review to Make Architects' Southall Gasworks scheme in Ealing, west London.

The design watchdog, sometimes seen as an architect's nightmare, has published a report stating that Make offers a 'compelling diagram' and provides 'commendable clarity'.

The review is one of the most complimentary CABE has published since its inception in 1999.

The report reads: '[The masterplan] promises to radically improve permeability and connectivity with and between surrounding areas.

'In our view, the masterplan offers a convincing and compelling diagram and shows commendable clarity of thought about the disposition of the uses, routes, and types of block across the site.'

The two councils involved are criticised more than the London firm, because of disputes over borough boundaries.

The report says: 'Providing bridge access across the canal to the Minet Country Park seems to us an eminently sensible idea - We understand that the London Borough of Hillingdon is not engaging with London Borough of Ealing in facilitating these connections.

'We think this is a cause for regret and do not consider borough boundaries should be a reason for the effective exclusion of significant numbers of people from an open space.'

by Richard Vaughan

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