Wednesday 22 May 2013 9.50pm
I encourage people to go and visit, especially people from Peabody Estate, as their listed estate will suffer a significant loss of sunlight from direction SE and S - by being in the shadow of the proposed 30 story building.
What are the merits of a 30 story building here? Apparently according to Barretts -
1) It creates a landmark
2) The proposals are not economically viable without it.
And my own personal take on this 30 story building?
1) The landmark feature in this area is St Georges Obelisk. This is officially a Conservation Area and is recognised and valued as such by the Council. The 30 story proposals would detract from, undermine and negatively impact the obelisk. It would therefore negatively impact the Conservation Area The 30 story building is imposing, distracting, unsympathetic and completely out of character for its context.
2) Who needs a 30 story building to know where you are? Cyclist, lorry driver, pedestrian? No - they look ahead. Perhaps if you are a google earth satalite in out of space,it might be useful as a landmark, and that is where Barretts ideas seem to be on this. Barretts seem out of context, out of touch and need to get their ideas back down to earth.
3)South Blackfriars Road
is NOT Elephant and Castle. It is NOT North Blackfriars Road
. It should continue to be a restful space between two very pressurised areas. As soon as a building in South Blackfriars Road
is approved to be 30 stories high - it will set a precedent for the whole area - it will be game over. All the human scale buildings will be bulldosed and we will shortly be living in METROPOLIS - Which I for one, hope remains a sci-fi film.
Speak to any Architect, (when they are not paid to back some outlandish egotistic skyscraper) and they will tell you that human scale residential development works best.
3) New 'public space' - I very much welcome the cut through from Library St to Blackfriars Road
( The existing is in use by the wider community on a regular basis) However, I am not convinced that the proposed wider public space is going to work. I think it would wok directly on Blackfriars Road
- as it would make Blackfriars Road
more active., Yet having the proposed public space set back, in an area with negotiable sunlight hours, I fear it will attract lots of anti social activities - as the place will only really be active in the day (with cafe and businesses) and not in the evening (when they all shut shop). In the evening it will be a dead space. Apparently it will have CCTV etc, yet we all know this doesn't actually stop drunks, noise and anti social activity. I also think that although it will have high natural surveillance, which is great, it will have little natural ownership as most the residents will be 15 stories high and detached from it. My suggestion is that the cut through should be retained, yet that the public space proposals in this location be reduced and for the proposed public space to be built upon as much as reasonably possible - and this I hope would help provide economic argument to reduce the height of that 30 story eyesore!!