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CABE gives qualified thumbs-up to Coin Street skyscraper

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The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment - the government-funded architecture watchdog - has delivered its verdict on Coin Street Community Builders' planned 48-storey tower.


CABE's design review panel said: "We find much to commend in this proposal and we wish this collaboration between highly regarded architects and committed clients well. We must add a note of caution, however, with regard to the visual expression of the tower, particularly in respect to the designated view of St James's Park to Horseguards. Overall we support the scheme, but we think that more evidence is required to demonstrate that the tower is of exceptional quality."

The panel also wrote: "We find much to admire in the three-dimensional form and the character of the scheme, and feel that the proposal shows great clarity of thought, including the tower form. We welcome a proposal that brings a largely derelict space into full use and one that intends to do much to promote greater interaction between the surrounding buildings."

CABE praised the "high quality and elegant" tower for its "well thought-out" architecture by a team of "proven ability".

The full report is available on the CABE website.

More on the Doon Street tower.

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