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Old March 19th, 2010, 05:08 PM   #1
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LONDON | Heron Plaza | 135m | 43 fl | Prep

A new Four Seasons Hotel for the city of London has gone in for planning, designed by PLP Architects (those formerly of KPF). It is being developed by Heron International, the same company who are building the Heron Tower (that it will sit right next to) and The Heron near the Barbican complex further west.

Height is 146m over 43 floors.


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Old March 19th, 2010, 05:13 PM   #2
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Oops Can a mod move the thread to the highrise section please?

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Old March 20th, 2010, 03:24 PM   #3
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Old March 20th, 2010, 05:10 PM   #4
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Old March 20th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #5
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Amazing. It looks like the NY Times tower.
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Old March 21st, 2010, 09:33 PM   #6
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It looks cool!
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Old March 21st, 2010, 10:06 PM   #7
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Cool! I was originally thinking that this would probably be a mini-Heron but I'm glad it looks quite different to it.

Also, people are also over-zealous to throw colour into London's skyline (e.g. defenders of that horrid Lego-like development behind Centre Point, or most of the worst of Will Alsop's designs) but I think the copper-look on this one is appropriate. Not too wacky, people won't cringe at it in 20 years time, and looks quite respectable.

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Nice here, too.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 07:01 PM   #10
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More good news for London!

Those Heron folks are sure going to town. Is this tower going to use actual copper as a material? Because that would be excellent. Otherwise I am skeptical.
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More good news for London!

Those Heron folks are sure going to town. Is this tower going to use actual copper as a material? Because that would be excellent. Otherwise I am skeptical.
Yes its patinated copper alloy cladding.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 07:35 PM   #12
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Moved it to the proposed highrises section. Where it belongs.
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Moved it to the proposed highrises section. Where it belongs.
We know that's where it belongs, I did ask for it to be done a week ago.
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We know that's where it belongs, I did ask for it to be done a week ago.
Calm down there. I just let the other forumers know who are not that familiar with this project.
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Staple Hall

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Redevelopment of 128-150 Bishopsgate, 87-90 Houndsditch, 1-3 and 5 Stone House, and 1-17 Devonshire Row to provide a mixed-use development including a 42-storey tower housing a luxury hotel and private residences fronted by new public space on Bishopsgate. Designed by PLP Architecture.

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Tagged with: Eating, drinking and sleeping | Design review | Design review panel | Housing | London

Summary
We support the design team’s convincing vision for this site which, in our view, improves upon the original Heron masterplan and previously consented scheme for Stone House and Staple Hall. The proposal could greatly enhance the public’s experience of Bishopsgate through the provision of a generous public plaza, a redeveloped 150 Bishopsgate, and new hotel and apartment building set back from the street. Based on the views studies provided, we think a tower of the height proposed could work in this location.

The hotel and residential tower could be a potentially elegant building, developing into a fitting neighbour for the Heron Tower. We think the approach to massing is complemented by the façade screening strategy. However, we think another level of sophistication is required in the approach to the elevations for them to respond to orientation and more effectively express and celebrate the hotel and residential uses to instil a character that contrasts with the corporate identity of the taller office tower. In our view, this is a fundamental aspect of the proposals which should be resolved to the local authority’s satisfaction prior to the determination of the planning application.

Design of the public realm
We find the overall composition of buildings, routes and spaces proposed for the Heron development clear and convincing. The new public space on the site of Stone House opposite St. Botolph Church provides not only a welcome place to pause on Bishopsgate, but also clear pedestrian routes through this part of the City. The tall building, the completed 150 Bishopsgate and the Heron Tower all work well to frame the square. We support the provision of active frontages on the square which will contribute to the life of this space, encouraging people to visit and linger in the square throughout the day. We also welcome the use of canopies to mitigate against down draughts; the local authority should assure itself that these will create a comfortable microclimate around the base of the tower.

Views in context of the City
We support the principle of a tall building on the site of Staple Hall. Based on the views studies provided, we consider that a tower of the height and form proposed would not have a harmful effect on the kinetic view of the Tower of London from Tower Bridge and could be a good mediator of scale within the future city cluster. At the local level, the elegance of the building relies in part on achieving a satisfactory resolution to the stepped arrangement of its massing and an equally well-judged façade strategy. We think the screening feature to the elevations complements its form well. However, the risk remains that alternative façade approaches might not resolve this element of the building as successfully. On the basis that the elevational strategy is progressed, as described below, we think it has the potential to be an elegant building that forms a fitting composition with the Heron Tower and relates well to its lower-scale surroundings to the north and east.

Quality of the architecture
The hotel and residential uses proposed for the tower present an opportunity to create an environment open to a wider audience than the previously consented office-led scheme for the site by promoting public access to the building. The success of this scheme will therefore, in part, depend on how well the public nature of this building is reflected in its architecture.

We welcome the strategy to reflect the nature of a building that is both lived in and publicly accessible in the architecture. The use of a metal brise soleil screen as a modifying element to the central bays could work well to achieve this. However, we think the articulation of the screen does not respond to this challenge to the degree that we would expect. Firstly, in our view, its architecture appears relatively subdued and fails to fully grasp the opportunity to reflect the exuberance, richness and special qualities of the luxury hotel proposed. We think the elevations require further finessing to achieve this.

Secondly, in practical terms, the decision not to tailor the approach to shading according to aspect raises issues of environmental responses and privacy, given the proximity of the building to the Heron Tower. For example, the degree of screening to the south elevation could be increased to offer less direct views of the office building and better views of the streets below. Notwithstanding the studies undertaken that suggest the façades will be exposed to relatively even heat loads, in our view, the design team should plan for the variances in sun exposure across all façades and adjust the building’s environmental response accordingly. For example, one would expect the principal elevation to Bishopsgate, which will be exposed to afternoon sun, to respond differently to the predominantly north-facing elevation to Devonshire Row.

Thirdly, whilst the interface between the brise soleil screen and the glazing at the corners is intelligently resolved through the use of balconies, which help to express building’s residential character, we are not convinced that the horizontal banding of rods proposed gives enough of a sense of domesticity for residents. We also think the opportunity should be taken to explore subtle differences between the hotel and private residential uses in the articulation of this screen to provide another level of sophistication in the design of the building. In our view, this could be achieved without compromising the tower’s slender proportions and enhance a design that already makes a virtue of its response to local and city-wide constraints. Ultimately, the way in which this building is inhabited will have a strong bearing on its appearance, and the architectural response could do more to express this.

150 Bishopsgate
With respect to the proposals for the roof extension to 150 Bishopsgate, we are not convinced by the diagrid structure and sloping form which appears overly-complex and could make the space prone to over-heating, requiring it to be fully air-conditioned. We recommend that a fresh approach is taken to the conversion of this building.

Sustainability
We are encouraged by the inclusion of a combined heat and power unit within the scheme, sharing waste heat and water to reduce energy demand across the Heron development. However, we would hope that a re-evaluation of the building’s elevations, including the extent of glazing required, would lead to a higher target of Code for Sustainable Homes being achieved than that proposed.

http://www.cabe.org.uk/design-review/staple-hall
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