As far as I can tell, before the top floor was converted from retail to become the DSS staff canteen (now the Bingo Hall), the building was originally clad in grey panels.
At the time of this first "makeover" in the late 1970s, the newly installed GRP panels were originally a sort of dark aubergine shade, and this is how I first remember a somewhat grubby late 80s shopping centre.
If I recall the sequence correctly, this was then painted pink by Urban Space Projects when they took over management in 1992.
The centre then went red (purportedly for Comic Relief) in 1999. So a change is long overdue.
What should the new colour be?
- London 2012 magenta?
- Changing Rooms Eau-de-nil?
- Yves Klein blue?
- Easyjet Orange?
The most depressing part of this for me is that I was SO looking forward to being able to see Clapham (great fireworks) next winter. If Strata and 360 London are the two tall towers, we will have a far larger view...so WHAT is Boris's problem? And now that Strata is UP, will it have to have its head cut off for being too tall.
As for painting the Shopping Center, um...paint it OUT.
On the brighter side, the LVMF issue isn't quite as significant as some make out. All that it means is that it will trigger a consultation which in theory is designed to enhance design quality. Its all about context, not a clampdown on tall buildings.