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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:06 PM   #1
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Farringdon St & Smithfield developments

Seeing as people seem to want more non skyscraper developments there have been a number of new developments proposed for Farringdon St & the Smithfield area, some controversial.

Fleetway House on Farringdon St recieved planning permission a while back & involves extending the present post war building & building another 4 floors with an angled facade.

Present building

New proposal


Bath house is replacing a very tired looking post war block . A scheme by KPF was submitted some months ago.

Current building

Proposed KPF building





This building is currently being built on the foreground site of the last pic on Holborn Viaduct.


Smithfield market. Now this one is well known as it involves knocking down the Smithfield market buildings that front Farringdon St. The developers have submitted various KPF designed schemes. This is the latest. It is recommended for approval by the Corp of London. A PI decision on this site is due in the next few months.

Current proposal

You can see the current red brick building on some of the other images posted

Lastly - Another tired & run down post war building has had a planning application submitted to redevelop the site. This one is designed by Hamiltons Associates. Unfortunately I don't have an image of the scheme & Hamilton Associates website is still being developed (there may have been an image posted in the general London one in the last 6 mths )

Pic of the site of the Hamiltons site (to the left),the Smithfield site (middle) ,next to the Bath house site (right)
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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:15 PM   #2
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Thanks for the thread. I really like the Fleetway House design - rather reminds me of what was done with the Hearst Tower, albeit on a much smaller scale. The other designs look rather mediocre.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:17 PM   #3
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Proposed KPF building


Nice but its too tall for this location.Knock down few storeys please.


Fleetway House is nice too!
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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:18 PM   #4
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huge buildings, this area is pretty poor for atmosphere and wanderlust dont really see that changing... so aldgate and this area are the back office doldrums?

The spitafields one looks interesting
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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:20 PM   #5
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actually they should uncover the river fleet that runs down here and then we would have a nice canal type setting
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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:20 PM   #6
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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:24 PM   #7
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hmm couldnt they just demolish it and build the exciting extension bit from ground to the level of the brick building instead?
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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:45 PM   #8
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actually they should uncover the river fleet that runs down here and then we would have a nice canal type setting
I think the river Fleet is part of the sewerage system now!!!

Some nice projects there...thanks London Lad!
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Nice but its too tall for this location.Knock down few storeys please.
Its only marginally bigger than the present building. Sadly no developer is going to propose a building smaller than what is already built. Saying that out of all these schemes I like this one- Its an interesting facade.

I quite like the Smithfields scheme BUT for another site. I hope EH win this PI as those marked buildings give character to the area.They have already ruined Spitalfields don't let them turn this into another office block.
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Much appreciated

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The KPF building looks stunning in a corporate box kind of way!
Very classy!
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Old May 14th, 2007, 08:35 PM   #11
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They have already ruined Spitalfields don't let them turn this into another office block.
I like Spitalfields.Lovely place a bit like Covent Garden I have to say.They should do the same with Smithfield - restore market buildings and turn them into offices oh and pedestrianize the area.

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The projects look OK, but they really must come up with a Smithfield Market design that encorperates the facade atleast, this IS true London and once gone it's gone forever, what a waste.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 09:36 PM   #13
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Are they going to knock down this building???

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:S...rket-large.jpg
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Old May 14th, 2007, 10:09 PM   #14
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yup.. sickening isnt it!!
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Why on earth are they doing that?
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Are they going to knock down this building???

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:S...rket-large.jpg
No theyre demolishing only this part of the building (I think...) :

http://www.urban75.org/london/smithfield-market2.html

http://www.urban75.org/london/smithfield-market.html
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Oh that´s better although it´s a fine building too, only a tad run down.
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Are they going to knock down this building???

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:S...rket-large.jpg
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I felt myself starting to rage there when i saw the first pic

The building that is actually going to be demolished is a nice though, shame to see it go.
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My understanding is that it would not include the nice facade which is the first two of your pictures. Londonlad, do you know?
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