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Old December 5th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #61
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Old December 6th, 2008, 11:41 AM   #62
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I know how to solve the problem of people from 42 storeys up staring through your windows - put some curtains up love, they're wonderful things, they can even stop people from accross the road (who might just get a better view of you) from perving as you get undressed!!
she needs to put some knickers on and turn the telly up!
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Old December 6th, 2008, 02:31 PM   #63
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If she's worried about people looking through her windows at 42 floors, then she must live in a skyscraper!!!!!!!!

Can't we just pass a law to shoot people like this
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Old December 16th, 2008, 06:00 PM   #64
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EPR Architects' redesigned RAM Brewery scheme in Wandsworth town centre, south-west London, has won planning approval
The practice's plans to regenerate the site had previously come under fire from design watchdog, CABE, who criticised the use of tall buildings in the scheme.

EPR director Daniel Cove said the practice had re-worked the design with the Greater London Authority, who had produced a similarly critical report on the project.

'We made adjustments to the elevation of the towers, breaking them up in to equally proportional 10-floor elements,' Cove said.

The mixed-use development will retain the original stables building and incorporates 829 apartments, shops and restaurants on the former RAM Brewery site.

A second development in Buckhold Road will include 207 apartments above a central garden overlooking King George's Park.

Two residential towers to the north of the site will feature a 27th floor viewing gallery, which EPR say will 'form the gateway to the scheme from central London, and create a focus for the town centre from the main approaches to the town'.

Author: James McLachlan.

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/n..._approved.html




I've always loved the views towards Central London from this area...it will be stunning and included in my must do list everytime I'm in London.
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Old December 16th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #65
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This is great news! I am quite pleasantly surprised at wandsworth council.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 12:11 PM   #66
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Old January 24th, 2009, 12:46 PM   #67
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The thing is, would many people know about this viewing gallery? Like tourists for example.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 02:14 PM   #68
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that obviously a good thing!
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Old January 24th, 2009, 10:28 PM   #69
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If she's worried about people looking through her windows at 42 floors, then she must live in a skyscraper!!!!!!!!

Can't we just pass a law to shoot people like this
Judging by the people that normally show up to the EH meetings, I wouldn't be trying to sneak a look at her.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 03:10 PM   #70
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What, how did they manage that without having to bastardize the whole project first? I am also pleasantly surprised at Wandsworth council...
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Old January 26th, 2009, 01:21 PM   #71
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EPR Architects' redesigned RAM Brewery scheme in Wandsworth town centre, south-west London, has won planning approval
The practice's plans to regenerate the site had previously come under fire from design watchdog, CABE, who criticised the use of tall buildings in the scheme.

EPR director Daniel Cove said the practice had re-worked the design with the Greater London Authority, who had produced a similarly critical report on the project.

'We made adjustments to the elevation of the towers, breaking them up in to equally proportional 10-floor elements,' Cove said.

The mixed-use development will retain the original stables building and incorporates 829 apartments, shops and restaurants on the former RAM Brewery site.

A second development in Buckhold Road will include 207 apartments above a central garden overlooking King George's Park.

Two residential towers to the north of the site will feature a 27th floor viewing gallery, which EPR say will 'form the gateway to the scheme from central London, and create a focus for the town centre from the main approaches to the town'.

Author: James McLachlan.

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/n..._approved.html




I've always loved the views towards Central London from this area...it will be stunning and included in my must do list everytime I'm in London.
That render does not look right, no way is that tower 146m?
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Old January 26th, 2009, 01:59 PM   #72
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Old January 26th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #73
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yes, i think AJ in their infinite wisdom illustrated an article on tall buildings with a picture of a couple of the low rise blocks.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 07:12 PM   #74
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Old February 20th, 2009, 01:17 PM   #75
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This has gone to a public inquiry.
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Old February 20th, 2009, 01:22 PM   #76
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Blears calls in brewery scheme backed by Boris
Mira Bar-Hillel and Katharine Barney
20.02.09

HAZEL Blears has stalled a second major development in London in a week - both of which were backed by Boris Johnson.

Earlier this week the Communities Secretary called for an inquiry into the building of the 25-storey "pennywhistle" tower in Ealing. Now she has done the same to the £1 billion redevelopment of the famous Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth - putting her on a collision course with the Mayor.

Mr Johnson has said he would give the boroughs more power to make their own planning decisions and nodded through both applications.

When outlining her latest decision, Ms Blears said "she ought to decide herself because she considers the proposals may conflict with national policies on important matters".

These include building heights, landscaping, hazardous installations (the site contains gas holders) and affordable housing.

The Wandsworth application submitted by developer Minerva will now have to be considered at a public inquiry, with the final decision resting with her.

The plans, which include 11 towers, including one of 42 and another of 32 storeys, had been nodded through by Wandsworth council in December.

The letter in which Ms Blears spells out her reasons for calling in the development says her intervention was attacked by Wandsworth council leader Edward Lister. He said: "It's unbelievable that in the depths of a recession we have a Government that would put at risk £1billion of investment in a suburban town centre.

"The Ram Brewery development would have been the catalyst for the wider regeneration of Wandsworth town centre. It would have created 1,000 new homes, 400 new jobs and helped solve the traffic problems in a problematic one-way system."

The approved scheme, on the site where Youngs beers had been brewed for decades, would have restored listed buildings, including the Brewer's house and the stable block, and provided space for new community facilities including a micro-brewery.

The proposals also set aside more than 200,000 square feet for bars, restaurants and shops, designed to complement existing shopping centres.

Three new footbridges were proposed across the Wandle, as well as public squares and a new riverside walkway.

Minerva was also prepared to sign an agreement promising £41million for transport-related improvements and £1million for Wandsworth Station.

Wandsworth's planning applications chair Leslie McDonnell said: "This is an ambitious scheme that has the potential to transform the town centre."

Mr Johnson supported the tower which, he said, met his requirements for the highest-quality design, and the traffic improvements.

But Ms Blears said the application raised issues that went beyond the locality and had to be debated on the basis of national planning policies. Mr Lister said this was a waste of time and put the entire enterprise at risk.

"The council set three main tests for the development, and the answer was yes on all counts", he said. "The scheme is backed by the Wandsworth Town Centre Partnership, which described it 'pivotal' to their vision for the area.

"It was also backed by the Mayor who said the tall buildings met his requirements for the highest quality design and confirmed that were no another means of funding the transport improvements needed." Deputy mayor for policy and planning, Simon Milton, said: "The Mayor supports the Wandsworth proposal because of the major improvements it would bring. This decision by Ms Blears will delay crucial development in this period of downturn that will be damaging for London's future prosperity." However, he did not want to comment on the wider issue.

Other proposals which could also be called in include the Victoria transport interchange and the Heart of Battersea development.

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I was never a fan of Ken's egomaniac towers, but now Boris is Mayor I am warming to them. If he supports this one then it must be a good design like the Gherkin. Blears, like the rest of NuLabour are simply trying to look busy during their last days of power.
- Peter, London

Well done Hazel. We have had enough of this Boris building-development madness. His ideas are wrong-headed and ill considered. Keep the guy in check, I say
- Keith Price, Luton, England

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Jesus Christ, Hazel Blears is addicted to calling public inquiries. These should only be used as a last resort. She's revealing a very authoritarian streak instead of letting local councils decide. This is another building project which will now be delayed for years and years, and at a considerable cost to everyone involved.

I don't know if Hazel Blears is aware of the huge lack of housing in London. We are way below the government target for new homes and all she does is delay project after project.
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This appears a very poor decision to call in this project. There is no significant outcry about this project, no major protest or issue at stake. It will be a long delay, there will likely be no change resulting, and it will cost all parties including govt a lot of money - totally pointless.
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Any chance of her 'calling in' the third runway?
- Mike B, London

Can we call a public enquiry on all progress in this country please?

"I was never a fan of Ken's egomaniac towers, but now Boris is Mayor I am warming to them. If he supports this one then it must be a good design like the Gherkin. Blears, like the rest of NuLabour are simply trying to look busy during their last days of power.
- Peter, London"

What the **** are you on? /\

Just goes to show that for this type of matter, it doesn't matter who is Mayor - the planning system is a joke. However, Boris isn't a saint for backing these towers and he is only doing it because it doesn't cost him anything (plus he can get extra rates out of it). What the Mayor should really be backing are all the those transport schemes, rather than scrapping them.
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Old February 20th, 2009, 03:47 PM   #80
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It seems if you want to build a tower you have to factor in the expense of a public inquiry.

The current site is almost one big traffic roundabout which Wandsworth in there wisdom told Minerva to pay up to sort out. It is next door to the god awful Southside shopping centre which has a tower of around 30 storeys on the site.

Just who is alerting Hazel to get all these developments called in.
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