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Old September 25th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #81
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Went to the planning exhibition of this today. Weren't allowed to take photos as the renders and model photos will be online next week. .
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Old October 29th, 2012, 02:17 PM   #82
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Carlyle Group unveils South Bank tower cluster

Developer will build nine Thames-side towers between five and 48 storeys high on site of Building’s office.
Carlyle Group will submit plans for a cluster of nine towers between five and 48 storeys high on London’s South Bank this week.
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Old October 29th, 2012, 02:31 PM   #83
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I like the look of that! Simple, but elegant, and they work pretty well together with 1 Blackfriar's.
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Old October 29th, 2012, 03:49 PM   #84
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Another render close up.

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Old October 29th, 2012, 04:12 PM   #85
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Do the proposals include plans to demolish and rebuild the station? Are their any renders of the new station? I was at Blackfriars station earlier this year and it looked like they were dismantling it. It looks so modern but it's not a very pleasant place.
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Old October 29th, 2012, 04:19 PM   #86
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Damn, that's pretty cool!
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Old October 29th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #87
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London's skyline is going to be utterly transformed over the next decade with all the residential towers that are about to go up..far more than the office towers have done over the previous 10yrs.
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Old October 29th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #88
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Not exactly blown away, it is what we expecting. Still, it is much better than what is currently there.
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Old October 29th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #89
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I just keep thinking, we on earth did we shorten 1 Blackfriars!
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Old October 29th, 2012, 09:10 PM   #90
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Looks great from those renders.

Much chance of English heritage's inevitable whinging holding things up? The other tower has approval doesn't it so should be ok?
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Old October 29th, 2012, 09:17 PM   #91
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Can't say I like it from the initial render. It doesn't really relate to other proposals for the area, it looks like it would just stand awkwardly on its own. Also the lower elements look too busy.
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Old October 29th, 2012, 10:37 PM   #92
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I can only respond to this bit. The tower looks ok. The tall one is set back and at bridge level, which is nice. I guess they won't provide another entrance to Blackfriars at this level?
The far left corner is strangely empty. A billboard advertising the Tate Modern, or indeed everything to see further east would be good.
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Old October 29th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #93
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I quite like it from the renders, admittedly they are not an amazing stand out design but it will add to the future cluster of blackfriars and the whole of London. They will also help regenerate the area and may be a catalyst for future skyscraper developments in the area around Blackriars. Just hope EH dont kick up too much of a fuss (even thought they probably will) and they get approved and built.
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Old October 30th, 2012, 12:39 AM   #94
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Do the proposals include plans to demolish and rebuild the station? Are their any renders of the new station? I was at Blackfriars station earlier this year and it looked like they were dismantling it. It looks so modern but it's not a very pleasant place.
They've just spent the last 5 years rebuilding Blackfriars Station! No need for renders, just go and have a nose around!

There's a nice timelapse of the work here
http://www.theconstructionindex.co.u...tation-rebuild
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Old October 30th, 2012, 02:31 AM   #95
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It really pisses me off, Blackfriars Bridge still has some of the old columns remaining, just about wide enough to support a great cycle bridge. Would it have been so crazy to build this cycle bridge at he same time the station was being build, as all the necessary equipment would be at hand?
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Old October 30th, 2012, 02:35 AM   #96
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Those pillars would be better utilised for extra platforms at blackfriars should they ever be needed, and should the necessary safeguarding be put in by the developers and the council.

Blackfriars road bridge is more than wide enough for segregated cycle lanes, it is just not politically desirable to do so.
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Those pillars would be better utilised for extra platforms at blackfriars should they ever be needed, and should the necessary safeguarding be put in by the developers and the council.

Blackfriars road bridge is more than wide enough for segregated cycle lanes, it is just not politically desirable to do so.
So are they safeguarding the route to the extra pillars? This development could restrict or open up the option depending on the layout. What we need is a plan.
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Old October 30th, 2012, 06:37 PM   #98
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It’s a pity we can’t take a page out of Chicago’s book and start to be a little inventive with our residential proposals. All our architects can muster are straight vertical rectangular blocks - so unimaginative. There are a few exceptions if they ever get off the drawing board, such as Baltimore Wharf and Vauxhall Cross. Having just returned from a period in Chicago, which I consider the best city for anyone passionate about architecture, the wealth of building styles, and shapes of its new breed of residentials is impressive, both evoking the past glories of the 20s and 30s and the contemporary. We still have to produce mundane blocks (that’s all I can call them) without meaningful ground floors (this new ’Lincoln Plaza’ in docklands with it’s 1960s style pilotis a point of reference). I find these efforts also bland and mundane. At least better than the dross currently damaging the riverside.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 12:03 AM   #99
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I have to agree that this proposal just looks like a massing exercise with minimal decoration added. I think it looks ok but nothing spectacular, what's wrong with tapering the crowns of the buildings doing something at least to alleviate the boredom, being slightly adventurous with the planning not just stacked and then nothing.
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a few renders of the project















full story on skyscrapernews here with a summary of each building.
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