having spoken to one of the workmen on the Floral Hall portico relocated from Covent Garden to Borough Market, apparently that gray colour that looks like under coat is the finished so called colour scheme,
After having hired an architectural firm to act as consultant on the recolouration is
Really the best they could come up with.
there will be a tiny bits of green on it .Gray with a tiny touch of colour is a very corporate style like Richard Rogers Lloyds building.
The whole of the more london development is gray does London really need more gray buildings
I carn't actually think of a single gray building that wouldn't look better with a splash of colour.
I am slightly lost here, I fear! I suppose this comes down to
1. Not knowing what is being talked about - is there a picture anywhere?
2. Not knowing its period
3. As a result of 1 & 2, not knowing whether Lang Rabbie's T is FIC when he uses the word tasteful, nor indeed knowing whether the same applies to 'heritage'. As in: a Victorian colour scheme applied to an Arts & Crafts installation would be far from tasteful; an A&C everything-in-6-shades-of-beige colour scheme applied to a late Victorian monstrosity might be viewed by some as 'tasteful' though 'Heritage' would be TFIC...
IIRC, the GLC (or was it the nursery that occupied the adjacent space that did the paint job) adopted a relatively muted set of green/blue colours on the portico facing Covent Garden Piazza, which is the bit we've now got at the back of Borough Market.
On the other hand, did the south facing paintwork just fade quickly from a more authentically garish Victorian colour scheme?
There's probably still somebody in the Covent Garden Community Association, who fought to save the Floral Hall from demolition by the Opera House, who could give you chapter and verse on this!
The first thing to be said about my website is that I haven't actually put any pictures of the gray paintwork I was talking about on it yet ,and I don't know when that large picture of the portico in Covent Garden without the roof was taken,
The pictures are of the basic construction work,it did go through a slightly creamy looking faze at one piont which would be ok but a bit boring for Borough Market.
I dont necessarily think it should be painted exactly as it was in Covent Garden,but the colouration wile Covent Garden was activly a vegetable market is a good guideline.and as I remember at the time it was dismantled it looked beautiful
A trendy architectural firm called Stephen Donald architects where asked to provide a consultation on the recolouration of the building.and have mind numbingly decided that it should be painted gray.
.I do think it should be made to look as good as possible ,and corporate gray is the worst possible option ,
If they want to be boring ,(and I dont think thats a good idea) they should paint it cream or white
Gray is worse than boring its proactivly dull.
It just looks like weather sealant or undercoat
And as there are so many grey office buildings going up (which are only colourles as an economy measure)do we really need to paint once colourful historic buildings gray as well .
Its just not goood enough for the now officially best market in the UK ,and a building of that stature
And of course if Themes link goes ahead (and it should be re routed through the elephant and castle ) ,they will make that grey and say, its in keeping with the Floral Hall isen't it,