south london sceptic
Wednesday 7 August 2002 2.02pm
I think there are two different schemes.
I don\'t know anything about the 69-85 Borough Road
and 2-54 Newington Causeway
one - but it seems pretty big for the quoted addresses, and at that location a twelve storey building would be quite a blot on the landscape. If this is the site that is now MORI\'s offices (is this the same building that used to be Letts, the diary publishers many moons ago?), then its the site where a skyscraper \"Southwark Tower\" was planned a few years ago that got nowhere. Quote from \"Estates Gazette\"\'s online site Estates Today:
\"The 470m (1,500 ft) high tower was to be developed by Blackfriars Investments to a design by Will Alsop of architects Alsop & Stormer.
In August 2000 the skyscraper schemes appears to be at an end as Hollybrook, the Irish developer, is drawing up its own plans for a mixed use leisure development on 2 acres of the site and has leased Diary House to MORI, the market research company, on a 15-year lease. Diary House is to be upgraded as part of the new plans for the site.\"
The other scheme at Alexander Fleming House (as I will continue to call \"Metro Heights\" is where the former cinema (was it an Odeon???) used to be on the New Kent Road
- until the developers demolished it a decade ago in a panic that it would be listed as a masterpiece of 1960s modernism. (I think the offices already had \"immunity\" from listing).
Mayor Livingstone liked the scheme for this site- apart from wanting to make sure that the cladding was properly specified by Southwark so that it wasn\'t another mirror glass monstosity like the block now occupied by the Sally Army. He is also insisting on 50% affordable housing.
See Ken\'s \"initilal representation\" at:
and the supporting report at: