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Doon Street Tower
Southwark

Height: 140m
Floors: 43
Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Developer: Coin Street Community Builders

Links:
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/buildings.php?id=3907
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/2164
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Notes:
This is a 43-storey mixed-use development and would be one of the tallest buildings on London's South Bank.
Its height and location make this a controversial project, as it would infringe on famous views from St James' Park.
It would also interfere with views from the pods in the London Eye. For many people, the design and aesthetics of
the tower are also unappealling. It cannot be denied, however, that this project would greatly help in
regenerating the surrounding area, improving pedestrian links and other amenities.


Current Status:
A planning application was submitted in May 2006. Despite its height and the controversial location, it stands a fair to moderate chance
of being approved, as the developers have spent a great deal of time consulting with Southwark Council.









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Hot on the heels of The Betham Tower & news of plans being drawn up for Elizabeth house heres news of another tower for the South Bank.

http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view.php?ArtID=1761

A 48-storey tower is being proposed for a site next to the National Theatre as part of a development which will include a much-anticipated swimming pool for local residents.

Coin Street Community Builders revealed detailed plans for the high-rise development at a meeting of the South Bank Forum.

The site, bounded by Upper Ground, Doon Street and Cornwall Road, will include a public swimming pool, indoor leisure centre and the Rambert Dance Company's headquarters.

The tower containing market rent flats is planned for the east end of the development to avoid overshadowing the Hayward Gallery and the White House. However, architects concede that the tower's height would breach the protected view south from St James's Park bridge, also a point of controversy for Beetham's planned 68-storey tower in nearby Stamford Street.

The development has been designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, who also converted Oxo Tower Wharf and added the Golden Jubilee Bridges to Hungerford Bridge. Ian Davidson, who worked on early designs for the site, died in 2003. The practice's other local work includes Bermondsey One Stop Shop in Spa Road and the forthcoming redevelopment of the former Presbyterian chapel in Borough Road for London South Bank University.

Southwark Street-based Allies and Morrison are responsible for the Rambert Dance Company building.

The pool and leisure centre will be run by Greenwich Leisure Limited, a staff-led 'leisure trust', which has announced discount admission prices for local residents. Rambert Dance Company has also announced an extensive events programme for children living nearby.


There will be a consultation exhibition for the scheme at the Oxo Tower Wharf information centre from Monday 10 to Sunday 30 October.
 

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Cool, I move to Bermondsey next saturday, certainly looks like they'll be plenty of development in the neighbourhood to keep me interested! :)
 

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quite near the London Television Studio tower which would then have possibly formed an embyonic cluster with the ex P&O proposal at waterloo... then you have the Beetham + Kings Reach a bit further along

I think the south bank needs a new backdrop... the current arts complex is VERY underwhelming and the riverside bulk at Blackfriars is just ugly
 

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excellent - often partake in cheeky beers at Gabriel's Wharf next to the Oxo Tower - so shall sally forth and have a sneaky peak at the scheme once the consultation starts.

Damn sightlines again!
 

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DarJoLe said:
So what 'cluster' is this going to part of?
Clusters with Beetham, if that gets approved. And the other two highrises that are already there.

This building would totally block the view of St Pauls from the London Eye.
You couldn't pick a worse place for a highrise IMO.
 

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Not bad. What I want done to London is, before the 2012, get rid of those damn shitty brown 20 story estates and replace them with lower 10 story ones which look better. Then, go mad with 40 - 90 story scrapers. And sort the fucking london underground out aswell, (they're all wankers, wa-wa-wankers, London underground...:D)

But yeah, this proposal is good. Any better renders or hasnt it gone through that stage yet?
 

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Jonny 5 said:
Clusters with Beetham, if that gets approved. And the other two highrises that are already there.

This building would totally block the view of St Pauls from the London Eye.
You couldn't pick a worse place for a highrise IMO.
Perhaps it will make tourists go and visit it in the flesh or even encourage them to walk further along the south bank!
 

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So you think blocking the view of St Pauls from the London Eye is a good thing?
 

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potto said:
Perhaps it will make tourists go and visit it in the flesh or even encourage them to walk further along the south bank!
I'm pretty sure one of the first things on any tourists list is to go and see St Pauls
 

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Jonny 5 said:
So you think blocking the view of St Pauls from the London Eye is a good thing?
It isnt ideally a good thing but it is a worthy compromise for a greater good. I dont think the Millenium wheel warrants the creation of even more sightlines anyway as it could potentially become a burden like the City Airport minus the airports practical aspects! Anyway this is a minor consideration... the wheel is right on the edge of the river so good views are guranteed, it looks good and is suitably iconic and novel to mean that people will want to 'ride' on it even if it stands next to some taller buildings.

The South of the river has always been a neglected part of London, the least tube stations, the least renowned 'destinations', the least iconic structures even though from a birds-eye view Southwark should be on par with the West End; in theory it could even be the centre of London geographically speaking. This interest in building tall grand mixed-use structures could be the start of something great, like the regency and georgian expansion seen at the North of the river. Put a new royal park, an impressive cluster some more tube stations and you have a redefining of London, a shift that should have happened decades ago but has never been realised. London has lots of areas for growth potential but in the centre the options are severely limited and it would be stupid to limit it further.
 

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At the moment the eye is the premier high rise viewing platform that is easily accessible to the public. In time though a lot of these new high rises (which may block some of the eye's sightlines) will themselves offer public viewing areas and the eye will become less crucial in that regard.
 
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