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Old August 26th, 2012, 02:30 PM   #1
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Ludgate and Sampson House | Southwark | 161m/108m/94m | 49/30/26 fl | Approved

Hi guys, not on here much these days, but i came across this and thought it was worth a thread.
Anyone who's ever walked along the south bank will know these buildings.
Looks like PLP architects have been given the task opening up the site and replacing the existing buildings with a collection of towers.
There are some early sketches online, and if they're anything like the final proposals then we're looking at something around the same height as the Beetham tower next door.

You can find out more here, and I've pasted a few of the more interesting images below http://www.ludgateandsampson.com/







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Old August 26th, 2012, 03:45 PM   #2
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Cheers, the scale of the development is much bigger that I could have hoped for. It will be great for Southbank to have Ludgate and Samson House replaced.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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I hate the cowering massing under the safety of the existing planning permission, inevitable though I guess
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Old August 26th, 2012, 08:31 PM   #4
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It's hard to say anything about this proposal given the pictures are just a load of rectangles, but the two existing buildings offer nothing other than an irritating obstacle to people trying to move around this part of town, so if the development opens up pedestrian thoroughfares, then it'll be an improvement.

I was taking photos of Samson house last week. It displays an almost breathtaking contempt for humanity, and it's no surprise that (at vast expense) this building is going to be destroyed. Don't expect many people to shed a tear.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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Its not just this building that displays contempt for humanity its entire riverfront!
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Its not just this building that displays contempt for humanity its entire riverfront!
Indeed! Look across the river for perhaps the worst building on the river - the one with the underpass under it.

One day, its time will come. Let's hope it's soon. Imagine the north bank being properly opened up to humanity again...
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Old August 27th, 2012, 03:50 PM   #7
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I hate the cowering massing under the safety of the existing planning permission, inevitable though I guess
Yeah, my thoughts exactly. Post Shard I'd like to see a developer pick a fight over sight-lines. Perhaps a bit of olympic optimism might have rubbed off on Westminster council and EH. Who am i kidding.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 03:52 PM   #8
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I'm a little concerned about a growing number of skyscrapers that are on the river front, It'd be nice to have some low rise elements infront of the towers to keep things tidy (I think). Plus I actually like that building (the non-brute one, is that Ludgate?) and thought it'd (eventually) work well sitting next to the Beetham tower.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #9
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Hope this tower will look better than Blackfriars Road Tower/Beetham. :P
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We will have to await the detail of the towers, but if the website is anything to go by, the overall master plan should be pretty good! Like the idea of improving the riverfront walk and developing the railway arches.
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We will have to await the detail of the towers, but if the website is anything to go by, the overall master plan should be pretty good! Like the idea of improving the riverfront walk and developing the railway arches.
Yes - it should be a stated goal for the city to open up as much river frontage as possible as pedestrianed area. Since I was a kid, much of the south bank has been transformed by this process. Crowds flock to such areas. The river is one of the best assets of the city, and we need to erase the short-sighted post-industrial planning decisions.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #12
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I'm a little concerned about a growing number of skyscrapers that are on the river front, It'd be nice to have some low rise elements infront of the towers to keep things tidy (I think). Plus I actually like that building (the non-brute one, is that Ludgate?) and thought it'd (eventually) work well sitting next to the Beetham tower.
Have to agree with you there. Not that is any where near happening but the river needs step backs and not a to become like a canyon!
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I'm a little concerned about a growing number of skyscrapers that are on the river front, It'd be nice to have some low rise elements infront of the towers to keep things tidy (I think). Plus I actually like that building (the non-brute one, is that Ludgate?) and thought it'd (eventually) work well sitting next to the Beetham tower.
I think we can get away with it at this spot; is it is a pivotal bend in the river representing the axis of a wheel. The bendy river also gives the multiple emerging mini-clusters, the City, Blackfriars, London Bridge, Elephant & Castle and Waterloo great dynamism too. There is enough space between them to prevent a complete wall along the river from emerging; with enough conservation places and infrastructure to prevent it from happening in future.

Just such a shame that the the full potential we have sitting before us is not realised with the current development proposals of tall buildings in these multiple locales. They all hit an artificially stunted plateaux so this river shaped dynamism is not as exciting as it could be and it will never hit the popular concept of urban beauty as their bulky masses will certainly be no dreaming spires.
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Have to agree with you there. Not that is any where near happening but the river needs step backs and not a to become like a canyon!
It will never become a canyon.
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Very interesting article here about this development and the future of Blackfriars

http://www.londonreconnections.com/2...ng-the-future/
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Oh dear.

After what looks like finally seeing the back of these two monsters, I can sense another disappointment looming.

More cladding, glass and steel shite offset by average open spaces with a few caffs 'n' coffee gaffs to try and liven things up...

Not sure the river should be a high rise alley. Looks like we're heading that way.
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The river is 250m wide at this point. It is not an "alley"
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creates a nice dramatic exit to the bridge with the simpson tower. Proportions and massing look slim and elegant, if quality materials are used this could be a massive change for the better..
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The river is 250m wide at this point. It is not an "alley"
OK then a valley. Better?

You know what I meant clever bollocks.
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a river is a valley
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