Saturday 17 July 2004 12.22pm
I was unimpressed by the stuff on show in the trailer at Green Dragon Court
For starters I don't think it was acceptable that the handout comparison plans showed the "before" at pavement level, and the "after" at roof level !!!
I'm fairly sure that the photomontage of the proposed buiding on the corner of London Bridge Street
and Borough High Street
does not tally with the building line on the plans. IMO it's a really stupid building, which neither respects the former streetline nor would allow an improvement of the setting of the post office in the remaining Georgian wing of Old St Thomas' Hospital
. I think it fails the test of enhancing the conservation area.
[The ground plan seems to be driven by traffic engineering for a junction widening as much as by the new viaduct. Will this actually be needed if the Shard of Glass happens?]
I agree with mickysalt that the lack of pictures from Green Dragon Court
of the block at 16-26 Borough High Street
was unhelpful. The other frontages of this block did at least seem to be better designed than some of the other proposals. However, if the new building continues in red brick all the way around, would the area under the new viaduct be too dark? Should they design the whole thing in london stock brick or a sympathetic material?
[Perhaps our Floral Hall portico "Committee of Taste" should reconvene in 2010 to decide how many layers of sootwash to apply.]
Finally, and heretically to some, if it is necessary to knock down part of the 1920s(?) block of shops at 2-4 Bedale Street
, IMO the whole lot should be redeveloped by the Borough Market
Trustees to a consistent and innovative design, rather than leaving one isolated bay at each end. Thameslink can't propose compulsory purchase for these, as they aren't needed for their scheme.
If the Thameslink scheme does go ahead, I hope that the Market sees it as an opportunity to improve communications between the western and eastern sections of the market, and provide something better than the narrow passage proposed in the current plans.