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Times from answering an email I sent asking about the events

4th Sept (Tue) - 10am-5pm

6th Sept (Thu) - Noon-7pm

7th Sept (Fri) - Noon-7pm


There's usually very little feedback they take onboard as these always take place after the plans already have been drawn up - looking back on previous schemes the changes have been minimal, and dwarfed by the inevitable redesign and scaling down of designs after they've been sold on but anyway - but am going to try to go to one of these, at least to say the designs are particularly out of place given their promotional website makes a lot of the surrounding character yet the offerings are generic 2010-era office 101.

The Saw Tooth proposal is a little more characterful and might be good, but the office block itself isn't anything to write home about - given the loss of building the other week I'm hoping we raise our game in terms of ambitions and designs (and more importantly what we approve)
 

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Not sure at all. Good street interaction with active frontages galore, but architecturally I imagine it will look very dated in 20 years time, especially if they scrimp on the cladding materials.
 

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Really like the brick details and styling for The Mill building. I like it a lot actually.

The Gresham Street building is a bit banal but could look nice in the flesh if they use a good quality hand-laid brick.
 

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The Gresham Street building would be grand if they introduced some vertical features along the lower section to break up the monotonous appearance and give it more of a terrace feel. For every 2 ground floor windows and every 2 upper floor windows) have a column of brick that sits out from the building, or a different type of cladding- stone or similar. At intervals shown below.


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Full planning application in for the two red buildings fronting on to North Street. Some tweaking to the top floors- removes what i thought gave off a top heavy appearance. I do wish the ground floor was a bit taller, but overall this is one of the better efforts. The smaller building is brick, and the larger building concrete. The detailing on the larger building looks quite good.


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This is newly created square behind the two buildings- this image shows where i feel a taller ground floor would look better, with some sort of horizontal definition above it too.


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Will add some nice bulk to an area that is in a very sorry state indeed.


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Hopefully this moves forward and encourages investment in neighbouring sites as well, desperately needed! Still a scandal that that row was demolished in the first place, and as recently as 2002!😠
 

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From certain elevations it's very overbearing and monotonous. I really feel they could have done something special and iconic here, perhaps rebuilding part of the old terrace like they did with Riverside House in Salford with a snazzy setback on the top floor and modern rear....





North Street before it was flattened..


P.S Don't get me started on the top floor plant room. Yuck....

 
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