I think we'd all have to admit that the e+c shopping centre has never been a beautiful building, but it seems to have got even worse in the last year. A while ago they put big advertising hoardings up on it, but after a few months they came down again, and we're now left with big holes in the side of the building, and random parts of if painted white. It looks worse than ugly now, it looks a wreck! It's going to be there for quite a few more years as well...
Six more years before it is scheduled to come down - demolition is promised in around 2012 (quite why it takes so long is unclear). In the meantime it will carry on stinking up the area. Perhaps we could get Christo to wrap it in the interim, or, as they have done in Berlin, wrap it a fabric printed with an image of a building which is not such an assault on the eyes?
They have to finish the new homes and the new shopping areas before they demolish it, otherwise there will be nowhere for people to shop. It's more like 2010 for pulling down time. I will be selling tickets (my terrace looks right over the top of it).
But will it be 2010? I see from the Elephant website that the new pedestrian crossings at the southern roundabout have already been delayed until "the first quarter of next year." If they can't demolish a few subways and put in crossings to schedule, what hope is there for a new shopping centre before 2020?
I couldn't agree more about the pedestrian corssings. I have always had faith in the regenration process (stupidly) it seems. It is ridiculous that something as basic as removing the subways should be so long and protracted and to be delayed for until next year. Pathetic!
Way ahead of you kids, it's already been done.The London School of Communications had a competition which I initated, and we selected a very nice logo which we are going to put on EVERYTHING...watch this space.