Monday 7 April 2003 1.28pm
One of the things I noticed at the exhibition was the big thing they made of this development extending the park by 40%. It looked like there wasn't any grass, just concreted areas. My flatmate went to a meeting on thursday night where Berkeley Homes did a presentation and they refused to answer how much of this extra parkland was to be concrete and how much grass. Doesn't look hopeful, they seem to be a bit economical with details.
The taller two of the eight towers are taller than City Hall
and Tower Bridge and twice the height of Devon Mansions, overlooking the park from Tooley Street
. Lambeth College will be dwarfed to toytown proportions, the only nearby building this development works harmoniously with is City Hall
and though it's got a fun jaunty shape it still looks like a 70s prefab comprehensive school in Harlow.
Also they don't seem to have any takers contracted for the shop units on street level, where on earth are they going to find them? It'll be competing with a fair few other empty units as well as the ones being built in to More London.
BTW The land is currently still owned by Southwark council, the planning brief can be found here: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/future/index.html