Karen I wrote:Bigphil, do you really think the proposed building will enhance the area and fit in nicely with 1 Valentine; it is so much taller than existing buildings including 1 Valentine. The areas is mostly low level brick and mortar buildings and sticking in a tall glass building will look out of place. I agree that Blackfriars Road (South) has areas that need rebuilding, but whatever is built should fit in with the existing environment. It is so easy for architects to design these huge buildings, and they do so to ensure their clients can maximise their profits (and possibly pick up an award or two for themselves). It would be nice for a change, to see an architect take on the more challenging role of designing a modern, new building that looks beautiful rather than just making a statement. I'm a bit sick of all these glass and a' bit of clever engineering' buildings, especially when they don't fit in with what's around them. I'm really not against development, and I do like modern buildings, I just feel that they need to be clustered together rather than plonked into an available spot.
bigphil wrote:With the new building at 1 valentine and the grade 1 refurb happening at friars house, either of the propositions will fit nicely on that site. all thats needed is a few more sites on Blackfriars rd to be updated now.
The only other building that i personally think should be saved is the temperance society building as that in my opinion, definately has historic value.
The rest of the rd is inter war / post war panic structures built with regressive planning and no thought(fair enough back then) of the growing cities needs.
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