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Old May 31st, 2013, 02:34 AM   #461
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Looks good, much improved on how it is currently.
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Old May 31st, 2013, 08:40 PM   #462
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I do not like Chipperfield's work. Elizabeth House at Waterloo and Decathlon at Canada Water are two examples of high-quality Chipperfield designs which I find ugly. I find this reclad proposal ugly too. But my God it's a huge improvement over what's there now (which, funnily enough, is also true of the Waterloo and Canada Water sites).
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Old May 31st, 2013, 09:44 PM   #463
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Seconded -I think he's extremely overrated but can't argue with this redesign... i'd take anything as a reclad tbh.
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Old May 31st, 2013, 10:48 PM   #464
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Chipperfield's signature style is emerging. There are similarities with One Pancras Square at Kings Cross in respect of the tubular piers (those used at Kings Cross are cast iron). I'm not sure that this is appropriate in Victoria but it is certainly an improvement on the current Portland House. I think it will appear even more dominating from St James's Park and the Palace than currently. That can't be an improvement! His Elizabeth House proposal also features strong rounded piers. It's certainly a removal from the flat glass facades that are now becoming so boring.
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Old May 31st, 2013, 10:52 PM   #465
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Looks good, much improved on how it is currently.
A great improvement on what is a silly roundabout with a decidedly awkward and unflattering Victorian statue of Albert
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Old May 31st, 2013, 11:38 PM   #466
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My only issue is that Victoria has too many styles going on now. I have no problem with Chipperfield its those glassy edifices next door that look a bit daft.
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Old June 1st, 2013, 01:21 AM   #467
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I believe the scheme will also extend the tower sideways. Making it somewhat fatter...
This will make it possible to walk to Farringdon without having to run the gauntlet. Whilst this certainly aids convenience, the thrill of the challenge will be lost.
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Old June 1st, 2013, 06:08 AM   #468
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My office just received an email about the Holborn Circus Area Enhancement Scheme.

Work is apparently due to get underway next week, with completion scheduled for Spring 2014.

Currently among the most dangerous junctions in London, the improvements will make it far more pedestrian-friendly.




Although making the junction more pedestrian friendly and safer is obviousy welcome, the paving design and elements make absolutely no reference to the fact that this junction, created when the street was redesigned with Holborn Viaduct improvement in the 1860s, is historically and formally a round "circus" with the bronze statue at the centre. For this reason I find this design disappointing as it appears to have little real understanding and respect for the Victorian grand urban design intent of this western "gateway" (so to speak) to the Holborn Viaduct. With a little aesthetic consideration this may have been able to have been much improved. Perhaps this will happen when the junction is redesigned next time - probably will happen in a decade or two.

On a good note though, at least the statue is retained and faces east as originally planned. It would be nice if some of the older city statuary which was relocated in the 20th century could be returned to its original sites.

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I believe the scheme will also extend the tower sideways. Making it somewhat fatter...
...and perhaps more profitable?
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Old June 4th, 2013, 10:46 PM   #470
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couldnt find a thread for this - but looks interesting

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Old June 4th, 2013, 11:49 PM   #471
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10 Finsbury Square has to be one of the coolest sites in the City. It's a shame they couldn't have built something better -- something translucent enough to bridge the two parks.

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Old June 5th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #472
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What a beast of a lump that UBS Building is gonna be
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Old June 5th, 2013, 11:37 AM   #473
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10 Finsbury Square has to be one of the coolest sites in the City. It's a shame they couldn't have built something better -- something translucent enough to bridge the two parks.

Agree its a bit of a lost opportunity to do something really special, it's not bad just could of been alot better. The rear elevation is seriously dull shame the curves didn't make it there. http://10finsburysquare.com/gallery/...ml#ad-image-10
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Don't know if it has been mentioned but there's an application for the site of 30 Marsh Wall as it seems they are planning a resi tower of around 150m in height.

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Also I think the 127m tower at 40 Marsh Wall next door is supposed to be starting work soon.
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Old June 8th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #475
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Application for Prince Consort House is now in: http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/onlin...=MNNTSVBO03F00

I don't know if there's a thread for this but if there is I haven't seen it.
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Old June 8th, 2013, 10:28 PM   #476
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SE9 wants to create an up-to-date Full Summary. This is a good idea as most of the major proposals listed have either been scuppered, cancelled, suspended, spat out or modified to such an extent that they have little relevance in the current situation. I welcome this.
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Old June 9th, 2013, 01:46 AM   #477
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Check out the last few pages on the London projects and construction thread to see the new Fully Summary of Projects.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=315079
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Old June 9th, 2013, 06:46 PM   #478
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