If her shambolic appearance on Trigger Happy 2 was anything to go by I doubt if the place will ever open. This building is a blight on what is supposed to be a conservation area. How on earth did it receive planning permission to be painted to look like the inside of an LSD takers head is beyond most locals.
I think the building is fantastic. I do take the point about how they got permission for it on that particular street though... But then again there seems to be loads of building work going on around there, so I imagine planning regulations must have been relaxed for the area.
...on (a) who builds them and (b) who is in them. Its got nothing to do with their height. The brutal reality is that if they are full of people who don't look after their environment, and urinate in/shoot-up in/attack in/spraycan the stairwells, then sure, they aren't much good. SE1 has basically two types of highrise: Nice ones (privately owned) and frankly awful ones (council owned). Those who care about quality, should be campaigning against council-owned property, not skyscrapers. Regardless of whether you are a socialist or a capitalist, the fact remains that councils are cack landlords. All you lefties out there are now going to say, yeah, but where do all the people go who can't afford to buy property? Well, I suggest you take a long hard look at the figures. For example, my granny has been renting a council property of Southwark for 29 years. We were working it out the other day that if she had had even the worst mortgage from some evil bank like Barclays, she would have been the owner of that property by now, rather than still paying Southwark £59 a week and owning nothing. Whichever way you look at it- Council rented is a dead idea that creates these ghettos. The best thing that could happen to Southwark is that they sell off the whole lot to private developers. Long live this new skyscraper. And, up yours, all you lefties and liberals out there, who defend the rights of poor people like my granny to live in squallor.