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Old April 18th, 2008, 12:51 AM   #41
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the affordable housing can be tall but the rest cant? Sounds like Westminsters class bias again. That masterplan cries out for a nice tall structure just to add a bit of much needed drama. The whole thing looks like one of those retirement villages in the US.
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Old April 18th, 2008, 10:25 AM   #42
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The scheme is pretty uninspiring. Shame they didn't consider creating a new square in the centre or some focal point to create a bit more activity at ground level and further link Sloane Square with the river. I expect we will end up with a very dull, unaccessable estate.
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Old April 18th, 2008, 06:20 PM   #43
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the affordable housing can be tall but the rest cant? Sounds like Westminsters class bias again. That masterplan cries out for a nice tall structure just to add a bit of much needed drama. The whole thing looks like one of those retirement villages in the US.
Couldn't disagree more - there is no need for a tall structure here - I'd say 7 storey blocks are about right for this location - it's the landscaping needs to be top notch here.
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Old April 19th, 2008, 11:39 AM   #44
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Apparently now that Westminster got them to cut the height the Candy's might not be able to recoup there huge outlay on the price of the site.Particularly as its not in as prominent a site as One Hyde Park.

Anyway some pics from the planning docs. Quite dull if you ask me.





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Old April 19th, 2008, 02:22 PM   #45
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[QUOTE=london lad;19813364]Apparently now that Westminster got them to cut the height the Candy's might not be able to recoup there huge outlay on the price of the site.Particularly as its not in as prominent a site as One Hyde Park.

Anyway some pics from the planning docs. Quite dull if you ask me.



I don't know LL it looks nicely detailed to me but pehaps too repetetive across the whole site. It does look out over the Royal Hospital Gardens and a short walk to Sloane Square/Eaton Square so location is excellent. But I agree there is something missing - it's lacking the "wow" factor that you might get with a MAKE scheme for example or even Roger's own Bankside flats.
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Old April 19th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #46
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Is there a reason why they are all the same? Is it some sort of campus or something?
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Old April 19th, 2008, 06:36 PM   #47
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Couldn't disagree more - there is no need for a tall structure here - I'd say 7 storey blocks are about right for this location - it's the landscaping needs to be top notch here.
Just calling for a couple of very sleek towers maybe either end, like the Victorians would have built!
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Old April 20th, 2008, 01:26 AM   #48
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hmmm i like the repetition but I also think that the buildings really don't look expensive enough? I am also not sure with the use of materials? It looks more like a college halls of residence than ultra expensive homes. This is the problem with Rogers architecture, His style of architecture just does'nt work for this type of building, It's more corporate than a home.
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Old April 20th, 2008, 01:52 AM   #49
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The space between the blocks isn't going to have much real utility and the architecture is very repetitive.
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Old April 20th, 2008, 03:09 PM   #50
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also looking at the planning it does seem that there will be privacy issues with the buildings facing each other as well as a problem with natural light. Maybe thats why its covered in louvres for privacy I mean.
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Hmmm, I love Roger's industrial style but maybe it's not really the ight location for this kind of project. A bit too "cold" for a residential area...

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Very uninspiring. Some height variation would definitely be a bonus in this development.

I think we need to see some more detailed renderings of the individual buildings.
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Old April 20th, 2008, 11:25 PM   #53
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Hmmm, I love Roger's industrial style but maybe it's not really the ight location for this kind of project. A bit too "cold" for a residential area...

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Especially chelsea. I suppose the repetition is something you see around this area but the buildings facades are so dreary and as per usual completly out of context, a typical rogers trait.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 08:09 AM   #54
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I wouldnt say dreary exactly, maybe sharp? lm personally welcoming this kick up the backside for residential development. We all know how such top end stuff slowly filters down the chain
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Old April 21st, 2008, 04:26 PM   #55
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Just calling for a couple of very sleek towers maybe either end, like the Victorians would have built!
Totally agreed, but we are dealing with people who lack vision.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 04:33 PM   #56
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Indeed. A thoroughly wasted opportunity.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 04:40 PM   #57
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limitations by Westminister City Council i woulg guess
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deary me. What a shame.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 06:25 PM   #59
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Indeed. A thoroughly wasted opportunity.
Yep - They wanted the highest blocks to be around 13 storey's but Westminster wouldn't budge so I think the maximum is around 7.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 07:34 PM   #60
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I think they work. Sits well in the area in terms of massing and hieght. No need for skyscrapers here - not even the just under 500 feet London version Modern - but not too loud. They will sell fast.

A square would have been a nice touch though.
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