Warehouse where London's burning was shot or so a commentary on a boat trip said.(on my way to the Angel Pub I notice its gone now)
It looked very much like a post war building, but unfortunately the glass buildings planned
Have no docklands feel at all. Also apparently the water was right up to the boards on the balcony today.
And I must say the view from there is exquisite
Being keen on industrial architecture I was a fan of the existing buildings but the new scheme opens up the Thames Path and whilst they are not tremendously exciting architecturally they will bring new life to the eastern end of Chambers Street which currently feels a bit of a dead area. A good thing surely?
Are we to expect another of your rants against any new development in London? ;-)
I totally agree that new developments do not necessarily constitute progress however the overly simplistic argument that glass = bad, tall = bad and new = bad is banded around rather too freely for my liking, is the gherkin not a glass building? It seems strange that if you feel so strongly about a scheme that you only pipe up about it once the buildings have been demolished and after several planning exhibitions that have been well publicised on these forums.
I was actually against the Chambers Wharf scheme before I went to the planning exhibition but having studied the plans in detail I felt that overall the net gain of opening up the Thames Path and regenerating what feels like a very dead area outweighed the loss of the existing buildings which, much as I liked them, were a bit of an acquired taste architecturally.
Also on the subject of the Thames path the characteristic of the docklands is that the warehouses front on to the river and the path is behind with opportunities to see the river in-between via gaps for moorings and stairs leading down to the Forshaw . that's what makes it interesting. I'm not interested in paths on the waterfront at the expense of warehouse buildings.
I think you are in the tiny minority then mickysalt. The opening up of the Thames path has liberated the south bank. So you would really prefer they had just kept those 2 huge lumps of inaccessible concrete, with metal fencing blocking off the Thames?? When it finished you'll have great contrast between old and new all down the south bank; Bankside leading into More London leading into Shad Thames leading into Chambers Wharf leading into Rotherhide village. For me, thats a perfect city...