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You have to hand it to these people. To be told that their last design was awful, and then come back with something even worse... have to admire their confidence.
 

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I can't see a single redeeming feature. It's massively out of proportion to everything around it, has ground floor car parks (why is there not a planning regulation to ban those already!?) ruins any chance of that area ever having an attractive riverside functions, and looks like a clunky rushed job that's been designed by someone on work experience using only Duplo blocks.

Hard to believe that RPP have put their name to this.
 

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It is a very blocky. When the late 90s era apartments curved to match the bend in the river. I can't see the developer ever proposing something that will match its neighbours as they want more height and density, but they should be proposing something more unique for what is a unique location. The box designs can stick to the Ormeau and Lisburn roads.
 

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I can't see a single redeeming feature. It's massively out of proportion to everything around it, has ground floor car parks (why is there not a planning regulation to ban those already!?) ruins any chance of that area ever having an attractive riverside functions, and looks like a clunky rushed job that's been designed by someone on work experience using only Duplo blocks.

Hard to believe that RPP have put their name to this.
I'm ok with the design though it would have been nice had there been 1 or 2 cafe spaces included in the design. The Thames is marinated in cafes where as the Lagan...?
 

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I'm ok with the design though it would have been nice had there been 1 or 2 cafe spaces included in the design. The Thames is marinated in cafes where as the Lagan...?
Actually I think the design of the Waterfront area is part of the reason there are no cafes, it's just too ugly and user-unfriendly for anyone to want to spend time there unless they need to. About a year ago I walked from Albert Bridge to Central Station along the Waterfront, it was a total mess. It actually made me angry.

Compare it to the very pleasantly designed space at Donegal Quay next to the Obel (bit of greenery, comfortable seating, properly landscaped footpath that's as easy to use for wheelchair users/parents with buggys/cyclists as it is for everyone else) and it's like you're not even in the same city as the Waterfront. Even though they're only yards away from each other.

The quality of the pedestrian realm at the river side of City Quays is also quite good.

Anyway, that's one of many reasons why the s**tty design of River Walk is so infuriating. In such a large plot of land there's potential to create a pocket of quality riverside space to bring life into that area, but the developer just doesn't give a s**t. It'll look even worse if the plans for the old Sirocco site across the river go ahead, those plans look fantastic.
 

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Baltic Wharf there is clearly superior and would actually match the other apartments along the waterfront.

If / when Belfast Waterside or the like gets built - that is what it would look onto.
 

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Almost have to wonder if there’s a conspiracy to promote degenerate architecture to demoralise everyone. Esp. when you compare to the beauty Victorians built without computers, modern tools or equipment.
 

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Wow. That is utterly disgusting. What are they thinking? RPP are usually a safe pair of hands!
$$$ They are but I blame their client, The Benmore Group who are clearly only interested in lining their pockets from this development. It might be worth sending them emails and letters to complain about this carbuncle. It's a disgrace how a Belfast firm that claim to specialise in high quality urban regeneration could think this proposal is appropriate. $$$
 

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This pile of pump is on the agenda at next week's planning committee. The summary isn't online yet... fingers crossed it's another refusal.
 

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Report up. Recommended for approval.

At least its confirmation that our city planners no longer take into account the visual impact of a building, and that any old out of place bollocks will do.
 
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