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Old September 12th, 2014, 12:08 AM   #21
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Oh wow, this does look nice. I hope they don't do any cost-savings on the bricks later though, as in these sorts of designs everything comes down to the quality of the materials.

The building with the green looks like it's designed for a Waitrose to occupy.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 12:11 AM   #22
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yeah i'm a bit of a fan of this one... looks like something from new york.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 02:10 AM   #23
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Love the brickwork and the art deco styling of the crown, just a shame it isn't taller and in a more prominent location.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 08:52 AM   #24
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Even the lower rise element looks really good. Love it as it is, but this is the type of building it would be good to see two times bigger.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 03:10 PM   #25
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While I like the reintroduction of brick as an external material in new buildings (as well as the general improvements in basic design over the past few years) in a lot of them either the quality of the bricks themselves or the way in which they have been applied are/has been very poor (some even having parts of the facade falling to bits already!). That hotel on the corner however looked top notch when I walked past last week, so this Blackfriars Rd one should have a good chance of being as well.
Are they using real bricks or brick panels?
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Old September 12th, 2014, 03:14 PM   #26
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that is a good question! i wasn't aware of these brick panels, and could explain the cheapness. the example above i was thinking of was sudsmith's bear lane project in southwark that in general i really liked, but bits of the facade were falling off
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Old September 12th, 2014, 03:23 PM   #27
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I've read somewhere that this building at potsdamer platz (architect Hans kollhoff ) used a lot of brick panels. But panels of good quality. I'm not sure if it was all the building or only the upper floors.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 03:23 PM   #28
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Are they using real bricks or brick panels?
Real bricks, as detailed in the planning application.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 03:26 PM   #29
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Real bricks, as detailed in the planning application.
That's good!
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Old September 12th, 2014, 03:33 PM   #30
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Brick panels can look ok, but they generally don't have the variation in tone to work on a design like this (although a custom designed product might). A block of flats is going up near me using grey brick panels, I'll try to grab a photo of it later. I doubt you'd be able to tell it's brick panels after it's complete.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 11:07 AM   #31
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Protest this morning against the tower. Via @Wright1Carole



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Old October 27th, 2014, 11:14 AM   #32
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Noreen, we are protesting against the solitary Barrett’s tower aren’t we so why are there 3 towers on our placards?

Shhh no one will notice.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 11:51 AM   #33
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What was their main gripe?
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Old October 27th, 2014, 12:15 PM   #34
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What was their main gripe?
It's tall.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 01:12 PM   #35
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Well I'm glad we have the right to protest in the UK but seriously... if anything they should be greatful a tower is being proposed that enhances the roundabout and is of good quality design. Compared to the rest of Blackfriars road this will be a gem.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 01:35 PM   #36
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the protestors only need to look on this forum to see how highly rated it is considered by a lot of people. As .Adam says, this will really lift the area.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 01:51 PM   #37
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the protestors only need to look on this forum to see how highly rated it is considered by a lot of people. As .Adam says, this will really lift the area.

Lol Ė I donít think a modern architecture forum with the words skyscraper in the title is representative of the majority view as is a load of disgruntled locals holding placards.

If the planners are happy for a tower to go on this site then it will be approved. If the placard holders can find solid planning arguments against why a tower (which has already been cut in height ) shouldnít go here then they have a chance to get if refused. Purely standing around saying we donít want a tower block here because itís a tower block means f-all.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 02:59 PM   #38
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Nah, it's a waiting game. Most of those Nimby's will be brown bread anyway once this gets off the ground... life is certainly cruel!
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Old October 27th, 2014, 03:21 PM   #39
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What was their main gripe?
They're old.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 03:43 PM   #40
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6 protesters?

In Lisbon, such project would apear in all newspapers, with all kind of voices agains it. Even in modern areas of the city. In the last 40 years politicians have cancelled at least 30 towers (private investment).
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