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I noticed new images posted on FutureBelfast yesterday for this development. Seems the red wall has gone and it will be that off white colour all the way around. They have also ditched the sheltered area at ground level. I wasnt that big a fan of the original but this development now just looks like a lazy uninspired mess.
 

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It's absolutely horrible looking, especially when viewed from the Albert Clock and Waring St direction. Looks like a council block re-clad or something..

At least someday it'll be hidden by whatever goes on the corner site of Great Patrick St and Nelson St. Hopefully the planners insist on high quality for that.
 

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This is from the website of the architect who have redesigned the cladding.

Edit- picture not showing for me in Chrome, but it is here

Hilarious quote. "The accommodation is contained within a singular block uniquely broken up by the innovative use of ribbon windows and distinguished further by the use of two differing cladding decors to define the two street elevations."

Now you know- two awful colours of cladding is "distinguished" and randomly splattering windows in no arrangement is "innovative".

 

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Application has been submitted for this development for a part temporary change of use from student accommodation to an aparthotel (floors 5-11) - LA04/2019/2349/PAN
 

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In looks so much worse in reality. It's a huge great hulk that dominates the view when travelling from Yorkgate direction.

It's particularly bad when compared to some of the new builds on the same block; the UU campus is shaping up to look very good, and 123 York Street looks like a good exterior finish.

Definitely a contender for Worst New Build in Belfast of the 21st Century so far.
 

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What a difference between the initial render and the final building cladding. It doesn't look like the same building. It's a huge building on the north Belfast skyline and it looks awful.
 

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On a side note - all cities should say no to high or highish rise student flats imo.

Wherever they are built they look dreadful. It's a fad at the moment that we are going to regret down the line.
They don't all look bad. There are some horrors but thankfully not all. Depends entirely on the developer and whether they are prepared to spend a bit and make an effort.
 

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I think there will be another block at the back of this development that will hide it from the York gate side. Pretty sure the horrible grey wall that should have been a reddish colour will always be visible from the M3 though. Not sure why they changed and where alloud to change the cladding colour other than to save money.
 

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3 out of 4 - or well, 2 out of 4 in that block are pretty high quality. So we haven't done too badly (looks at Leeds :shifty: ), but man, that is one ugly building.
 

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In isolation it looks utter shite, but the worst of it will be hidden by future developments on Nelson Street, Great Patrick Street and Little Patrick Street.

The planners will definitely insist on high quality for the Nelson Street / Great Patrick St corner block....
 
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