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Old June 23rd, 2014, 03:38 PM   #1101
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As far as high-density residential buildings go, the Brassington Avenue towers have some stand-out positives - all of the flats appear to be dual aspect, they're really spacious, there's a good mix of property sizes, and there's significant street-level interaction.

It's easy to see these as modern-day tower blocks with a passing glance, but I can't see any of the major mistakes made in tower block design being repeated in these towers.

The height of the towers can be interpreted as a negative as they are quite out of scale with the character of the area - especially given how close they are to the conservation areas (I think there's an Article 4(1) direction next to the train station as well). This could weigh massively against the development and I don't think the scheme would hurt to have a couple of floors chopped off some of the towers. However, personally, I have no problem with it.

In terms of how it looks externally, it seems to lack the elegance that you tend to find with Glenn Howells' designs. I've grown so enamoured with how they tend to accentuate the vertical nature of buildings with narrow windows and continuous lines rising up the building that I'm a bit shocked with how they've completely flipped it for this design. The towers have very horizontal elements and this maybe to reduce the sense of verticality but it also feels like it's lacking the elegance and I'm not completely convinced by it. However there are some subdued vertical elements that I think could ease my into it, it's just how the differing materials work together that will be the test.

All in all, a really intelligent and well-resolved response to the constraints of the site. It appears that it won't just be a pleasant environment to live in but a pleasant one to live near to. It's quite a radical direction for Sutton Coldfield but I'm convinced that Glenn Howells can pull it off. If there are any objections to the height of it, I can completely understand but I wouldn't necessarily agree with them.
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Old June 27th, 2014, 02:40 PM   #1102
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So it's not simply called "Royal Sutton Coldfield" but "The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield".

And it's now on Google Maps.

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Old June 27th, 2014, 02:52 PM   #1103
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Originally Posted by Butterfield View Post
So it's not simply called "Royal Sutton Coldfield" but "The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield".

And it's now on Google Maps.


Until it is officially shortened or is in common language.
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