Monday 16 November 2009 2.51pm
I think it is appalling. Bermondsey Street
has seen far too much 'regeneration' and I think it would be far better to try and find a 'traditional' use for this site which is more akin to what it was originally built for. In my view, this part of SE1 is now saturated enough with new builds yet doesn't have facilities to match; I mean, where can you park a car these days without owning a parking space in one of these newbuilds.
As Smoggy observes, the subject building is 'lovely' and to replace it with soul-less yellow bricks with some 'fashionable/stylish shape' will mean that there is even less space.
Where I live on Tooley Street
, some beautiful old buildings were demolished on the corner of Shad Thames
(including a betting shop and the ancient Servewell Cafe) to make space for that ugly rounded building on the corner which, mark my words, will be gone in less than 50 years. I'm sure they're nice internally but the external aesthetics are appalling.
Just generally, how long do you think the new-builds put up over the past ten years will last?