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both are atrocious. I find the only thing pleasing about the new scheme is the retention of the facade of the existing building.
 
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So that's the approved design then?

At least they've retained the original facade on that side, which is obviously beautiful. It looks like it's gone from the shots of the current site though..? :nuts:

I quite like the design.
 

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Even though I am pleased that this project is finally moving forward, I am slightly dissapointed that the current project is rather boring and ordinary, unlike the landmark development which Noho Sq was going to be
 

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Oh great. Yet another massive pile of shite. Shall I start the thread for its demolition and redevelopment now, or shall I wait the 30-40 years that this building will last before that thread is due on account of this building's total lack of architectural merit?

The old building (which is nothing special, other than it comes from a time when architects and builders considered beauty a part of the job) should probably be knocked down too to stop embarrassing its ugly neighbour.

We can all list the handful of modern buildings which we'd like to preserve in decades to come. How come this isn't the norm these days?

A hundred years ago, if they knocked down a beautiful building, it wasn't such a big deal because its replacement would also be beautiful. London is only as interesting as it is because so many buildings - modest or grand - utilitarian or palatial - are simply nice to look at and be near.

With modern technology, it should be easier than ever before to construct buildings with real design flair and amazing aesthetics which will lift the spirits and, decades later, still be loved and be worth renovating. Modern architecture's appeal often only lasts as long as it takes for the carpets to wear out.
 

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BUMP!!

Good morning Mods - could you transfer this thread to Construction, and rename it Fitzroy Place?

Here's the developers' schtick: http://www.fitzroyplace.com/. It takes syrupy developers' nonsense to a new level of fantasy.

I walked past the site last night, and their are multiple cranes and pile borers at work, and three concrete cores of 8-10 storeys in height each.

The old hospital frontage and the "trapped" chapel have been retained, but everything else is clearly go with this somewhat compromised development.

No photos - it was dark, but well worth a look.
 

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I like the new design. 80s chic meets the Barbican. Can't see why it wouldn't work.
It depends on the quality of the materials, I guess, and how flattering the artists' impressions have been. But I agree with you on the Barbicanesque arched tops - I like those.
 

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Oh great. Yet another massive pile of shite. Shall I start the thread for its demolition and redevelopment now, or shall I wait the 30-40 years that this building will last before that thread is due on account of this building's total lack of architectural merit?

The old building (which is nothing special, other than it comes from a time when architects and builders considered beauty a part of the job) should probably be knocked down too to stop embarrassing its ugly neighbour.

We can all list the handful of modern buildings which we'd like to preserve in decades to come. How come this isn't the norm these days?

A hundred years ago, if they knocked down a beautiful building, it wasn't such a big deal because its replacement would also be beautiful. London is only as interesting as it is because so many buildings - modest or grand - utilitarian or palatial - are simply nice to look at and be near.

With modern technology, it should be easier than ever before to construct buildings with real design flair and amazing aesthetics which will lift the spirits and, decades later, still be loved and be worth renovating. Modern architecture's appeal often only lasts as long as it takes for the carpets to wear out.
Agreed.. time and time again, new buildings massively underdeliver on all counts. Given all modern technology has to offer, it really is a shame that nothing more creative gets constructed.
 

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The name Fitzroy Place is “unacceptable” say authorities
Fitzrovia News
April 2013​
The owners of the former Middlesex Hospital site could be told to think again about what to name the new street through the development which is due to be completed in September 2014.

The consortium of Exemplar, Aviva Investments and Kaupthing have applied to call the walkway Fitzroy Place — the name they are currently marketing the development as — but the emergency services and the Postal Authority have said this name is “unacceptable” as a street name as it could be confused with similar streets and buildings nearby.

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It is very errrr 21st Century Westminster, huge site though so at the street level the pedestrian area walk-through could be pleasant, most of Fitzrovia feels like a giant rat maze in comparison (as does most of Westminster).... and oh love that bedroom waiting for a lucky someone.
 
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