Wednesday 17 January 2001 12.44pm
Though I'd like to reserve judgement on the design of this building until I've seen more detailed images than I've found so far, I'd like to make the point that I think that the identification of the land to the south of the river as a target for largescale development over the next 30 years has to be a good thing for the residents of that area. Whatever you think about this specific building, it is a statement of how important that area is becoming to the future success of London as a whole. One thing you can be sure of, and that is that with Ken at the top, he'll be far more interested in maintaining a balance of housing and development than the Thatcherite Docklands Development body. London basically needs much, much more housing, more office space - more everything. Those that fight against growth (I'm not saying you here!) contribute to the state we find ourselves in, where people on average incomes are being forced out of the area. I do like the idea of a skyscraper, by the way. I liked the Canary wharf tower, with it's glowing steaming pyramid roof and stainless steel cladding which glows in the evening sun. I don't think much of the anonymous lumps they're building next to it though...!