This junction organically became a retail centre with fashion brands opening outlets and regenerating the buildings on site - Pringle is currently in the large attractive Victorian former pub (Duke of Wellington) and several of these attractive buildings would have been demolished to make way for the blocks with totally generic retail offerings on the ground floor.
It's lucky the later stage of the project hasn't been completed as the buildings there are what make these urban areas interesting and worth visiting and ironically the old buildings proposed for demolition are all tenanted - what does that say about the kind of streets and shops people want to visit and spend money in? We don't need another Westfields.
Phew... amongst the rest of it, the rotating pods made that look like an April fools joke.
Comment on: Competition: City of London School
Got slightly excited at the prospect this was going to get knocked down. One of the ugliest buildings on the Thames that offers very little anyone looking at it and in such a prominent location.
Awful and poorly thought out. Another case of a city being ruined by developers/council only interested in making profit at a cost to the identity the local area.
What's interesting about London is the mix of architecture, the streets that show the pattern of time and spaces that foster varying businesses and uses. The site for this development is so large you could fit the 700 homes on the huge amount of currently empty parts of the plot. It seems a huge shame sweeping away a whole block which has interesting, historic and varied buildings to fill with nice but repetitive blocks all in similar styles. Variation and sense of human presence is lost.
London developers and councils seem to develop away what makes cities interesting. It would be much more refreshing and relevant to see some of these big schemes seeing how they can work with elements on existing sites.