John McAslan has told the AJ he expects his redesigned Cheapside scheme adjacent to London's St Paul's Cathedral to go-ahead early next year, despite continued reservations from CABE
The design watchdog refused to back the original scheme (TheAJ.co.uk) citing concerns over some of the design details, forcing McAslan + Partners back to the drawing board.
In its latest review, CABE lent its support to what it called the ‘design direction’, but said the scheme could go a step further ‘to become the beautifully crafted building we would wish to see on this prominent site'.
McAslan described CABE’s report as ‘pretty positive’ and added that he believed that any adjustments to the design could be addressed during the planning stage.
‘We have gone through every possible part of the design and we have the backing of St Paul’s and the City Corporation, and we are hopeful it will go through early next year,’ he said.