The tower at London College of Communication is also coming down, to be replaced by a series of very high, very expensive towers of flats. EThe developers each release their fantasy slick drawings of their own buildings, but they don't show what the effect will be of all these huge towers so close together.
Indeed. And so often the impressions they do show are the perspective of a pigeon in flight rather than an unfortunate pedestrian or low level resident. It's marketing all the way, everyone's a target audience to be sold a fantasy, where the developers are saviours, scepticism and caution is banished as reactionary and change is always good. As Boris said to me about The Bend, "well we had to do something and if we got it wrong it can be fixed"... as if disruption and budget were no obstacle and our community was one great speculative landscape for trial and error. Some extreme free-marketers would welcome that (i.e. Southwark's Labour Councillors), so why do we bother with the panto of a planning committee at all?
I've just started reading a book called The Property Boom, written in 1967 by Oliver Marriot
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Property-Boom-Oliver-Marriott/dp/024191325X Some excerpts could have been written yesterday. It's worth a read. There's quite a bit about the Elephant and Castle in there too. There's much to learn from history, particularly for Labour Councillors and developers who also stand to suffer from believing their own nonsense.
I am just hoping that one of the consequence of Brexit will be that developers put a stop to the building of all these towers at the E&C. I can see cranes all around me. I am on the first floor and 3 new buildings have already popped up in my sky this year. I am afraid of the noise bouncing off each other with all these balconies being built. Having spent the past 3 nights at a friend's in a modern building, I can tell you it is noisy. Imagine 40 floors and people having parties and chatting on their balconies well into the night....
Not even talking about the bloody pigeons heaven this will create (by the way, my partner was recently bitten all over the body by pigeon mites in his office because they kept the windows open and apparently they also feed on humans if they need to)!