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Old October 26th, 2007, 03:25 PM   #81
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Yes the inside looks good but the outside sucks.
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Old October 26th, 2007, 03:31 PM   #82
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mmmm apparently MAKE were pleased project abbey got through unscathed
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Old October 27th, 2007, 05:39 PM   #83
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All the planning docs here.

http://idocs.westminster.gov.uk:8080...=07/01120/FULL
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Old October 30th, 2007, 10:33 PM   #84
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McGee's are starting demolition works (asbestos strip) imminently; Mace is on board as the main contractor.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 10:56 PM   #85
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Here's the site viewed from my office. I assume it's the large red buildings that are being demolished?? Or am I wrong?






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Old October 31st, 2007, 02:20 AM   #86
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Looks like it to me.

I waver on this project with every render I see...
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Old November 16th, 2007, 08:14 PM   #87
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Yuck!!!!

I sometimes pass the hospital. V nice 1920's(?) neo-classical building. Nicely set back from the road. I had just assumed that it would be turned into flats.
These plans provide for:
1. Horrid facade
2. Square not worth the name
What is English Heritage doing objecting to impressive new buildings and missing the tearing down of buildings like this for the building of the rubbish proposed???
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 09:21 AM   #88
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Change is Great

We should not be afraid of change. These new buildings around town are inevitable but we may have an opinion.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 12:58 PM   #89
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[QUOTE=wjfox2002;16202829]Here's the site viewed from my office. I assume it's the large red buildings that are being demolished?? Or am I wrong?




Amazing how residential this part of the West End (Fitzrovia?) still looks from your picture foxy.
There are still a number of old Victorian flats all the way down Charing Cross Rd and into Covent Garden. It's under-appreciated how many people still live around the area; although I imagine you'd need to be pretty sound sleeper through the night.
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 07:30 PM   #90
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Are you working on this for mace, maceboy?
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Old December 7th, 2007, 05:51 PM   #91
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The scaffolding rises;






The sheet hits the fan-light...

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Old December 7th, 2007, 09:17 PM   #92
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I just realised i used to have lectures in that building.

The little bridge jogged my memory. It really was a mess inside - but i still feel they should have at least incorporated to Grand Front into the new design.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 09:49 PM   #93
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EH probably don't like the bridge because it wasn't designed by anyone particularly famous. It’s the small things like this that make London (what we have left anyway) that should be somehow kept, but again a mega development quashes everything in its path. Could you see this happening in Paris??
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Old December 9th, 2007, 11:50 AM   #94
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anyone who says 'Noho' instead of 'Fitzrovia' needs to be hit on the head with a fish.

Names like Soho (South of Houston), Noho (North of Houston), TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal Street), DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan-Brooklyn Overpass) are all media coined substitutes for otherwise uninspiring place names (eg intersection With 42nd and 9th).

New Yorkers must be laughing with the copycat SoHos across the States and the rest of the world (eg South of Hollywood Rd in Hong Kong) who already have actual place names on their streets, as opposed to numbers, and need no substitutes. Thing is our London Soho is the original, the last word in idiocy would be copying something that copied us.

argh, sorry, needed to get that off my tits.
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Old December 9th, 2007, 01:03 PM   #95
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i think this thread should move in to the the construction forum now if something happening to the site now.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 02:12 AM   #96
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Agreed; demolition on site is well under way.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 11:32 AM   #97
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Why in the world are they tearing the most precious building in the whole neighbourhood down to replace it with just another plastic box?! I have never seen anything like this before!! (Although admittedly I was pretty young when the communists took East Berlin apart...)

What's next? -- Smithfield Market -- But that'll be really difficult to top then. Maybe let's take St Paul's Cathedral down after that to make some space for a few groundscrapers!?? What's the point??! Might as well invite the Germans over again to give it real go from above.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 03:41 PM   #98
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Nah, the Germans wouldn't do nearly enough damage. Invite the Planners and Architects from the 60's & 70's back and then you've have destruction on a massive scale
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Old December 10th, 2007, 05:59 PM   #99
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I knew the Middlesex well and I'm not particularly sorry to see it go. It's just a shame that it's replacement isn't better.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 06:02 PM   #100
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The more I look at this the more I realise what a total load of rubbish the development is.
The current building is okay and would have aged well if looked after properly. It had a certain grandeur about it that I thought fit rather well into the area. There is no reason why it couldnt have been adapted for current use.

The new design is unispiring dross that will just about look okay today but look like crap in about 30 years time.
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