Friday 2 October 2015 7.10pm
Here's a bit of fact sharing... (I haven't the energy this evening to share thoughts on the details of the proposals revealed and leaked so far).
SOM, architects of 7 of the world's 15 tallest buildings, definitely propose a giant for Elephant and Castle, While no artist's impression has officially been published I found an accidental technological leak of one. Paste the link to http://skiptonhouseconsultation.com
as a Facebook post and scroll through the options of the images to display with your post. You'll see a pigeon's view from high above the Faraday Memorial of the new development. On iPads you get the full height, the largest of the twin towers looks taller than Metro Central Heights, possibly taller than Strata. On a conventional laptop Facebook crops the image which I screen grabbed here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156134950995430&set=p.10156134950995430&type=3&theater
I first heard Skipton House
might go at a one to one TfL consultation in December 2014. Their architects shared a map that showed it gone, the station retained as an historic 'memorial', and Skipton Street reinstated. The reconfiguration of public space helped justify the severe squeeze on pedestrians outside the Bakerloo exit currently under construction. More recently in early September the architect told me on the record that plans were underway, but the time table was unclear. Delancey's visit to our TRA meeting on 21 September showed a map with Skipton House
as a blank space awaiting announcement, suggesting news was imminent. Then this Wednesday I got a personal letter (in my capacity as a director of Mobile Gardeners CIC) inviting me to the public consultation (8-10 Oct) and a standard flyer today to the same address. It appears that neither sitting tenants of the Department of Health nor officers in an adjacent Tenants and Residents Associations are on their mailing list, but a volunteer director of a local community interest companies is (this seems a wonky priority). That only goes to show how tokenistic the consultation is and how definite the Department of Heath's departure seems. None of the literature I've received gives any additional details to the developer website, the image is just of the roof's green garnish: http://skiptonhouseconsultation.com
The developers will attend our TRA committee meeting on 13 October. They declined an invite for our general meeting on 24 November because: "Unfortunately I think the 24th November would be too late in the day with regards to our planning process. We will probably be preparing our application at that point, following our series of consultation events. We’re aiming to submit the application by the end of 2015." Consultation, as almost always, is just a pre-launch marketing activity and box ticking exercise for the planning application (a PR agency is running it).
OTHER LOCAL DEVELOPMENT LOCATIONS
@connie - London College Communication tower and the surrounding campus is due to be demolished in around 2021/2 if Delancey's plans proceed and replaced with a bigger tower and large 'mansion' blocks down Oswin Street. See more details here at a presentation they gave at our TRA meeting on 21 September: http://www.perronethouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/DelanceyElephantandCastle210915.pdf
At the same meeting at which I first learnt of Skipton House
a portion of Perronet House
was also included in the demolition plans being encouraged by TfL's masterplanning architect. It was the two storey portion at the front of the block that accommodates disabled council tenants and their gardens, basement storage and a soon to be developed pharmacy which has twice received planning approval in recent years. Inevitably this prompted a bit of a furore and I've had a robust confirmation from Southwark Council
's Dan Taylor (Senior Regeneration Officer) that this plan is not on the table. Given The Guardian just included award winning Perronet House
in a profile of London's best social housing, I hope Labour Southwark Council
are not so cranky as to decide to boot anyone out and flog it. http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2015/sep/18/open-house-london-best-social-housing-in-pictures