This development was mentioned briefly in the Three Houses thread but probably deserves a thread of its own.
There's an exhibition on Wednesday and Thursday this week (4pm-8pm) of plans for Quill - a 28-storey tower to replace Capital House (the King's College London building) at the corner of St Thomas' Street and Weston Street.
Did anyone else go to the exhibition of this new student accommodation tower last week. It was a bit of a Hitchhikers Guide moment, finding the public display in a small room, off an empty office, on the 4th floor of a closed office building, manned by a security guard who seemed not to know why I wanted in when he unlocked the front door.
Still, a very impressive scheme I thought. Smart architects with lovely photoshop images of a sinuous 28 storey aluminium clad tower, and an interesting bit of public space. But even after a week I still cannot reconcile the obviously expensive building form with the cheap as chips student occupants it is planned for. Was it just a planning r[b][/b]use and once the 28 storey block is accepted in principle backed up by local residents positive comments, a brick monstrosity designed by stacking the same room layout 28 times will take its place?