I quite like it as well. I think the reason it works in design terms is because they've gone with a simple but classic symetrical design for both the building and the windows. This is something you rarely see with 'modern' developments, with the obsession being for random (and all too often, tiny) windows and messy asymetric designs.You know what? That building has turned out so much better than I thought it would. It's amazing what sensible window arrangements can do.
:cheers:Isn't it funny how people change their tone a bit when they see the 3-d stuff as opposed to simple elevations.
Anyone got pics off what was on this corner pre-swan. Was it already a miniature flat-iron with Georgian/Victorian terraces leading off it, similar to Seymour and Lord Nelson Street.
I agree that this will beef up this junction nicely, add some much needed massing and continuity. Nothing worse than under utilised space in town and barren scrub land alongside a major road sends all the wrong messages. Wish the main body and tower both had one more floor to make it a bit more aspirational, but perhaps there are reasons for this.....
What was unacceptable to them?Had a letter through today from LCCs planning apartment regarding the 3/5/7 floor student block on Seymour Street that was approved recently.
Apparently the approval has now been revoked due to the developers refusal to enter into a s.106 agreement, as required under the consent.
There has been a lot of small improvements in London Road with some long abandoned buildings coming back into use.London Road is getting put together, slowly but surely. True, not all of it is of the highest architectural quality, but some schemes (like the Moss St flats) are actually coming together much better than I forsaw.
Makes sense really. It has always been an immigrant area traditionally; long ago it was Jewish. Just like Brick Lane in London went from being Jewish to Asian, maybe London Road will go the same way. Hope so; great place for restaurants is Brick Lane.Anyone noticed all the Asian shops that have sprung up on London Road in recent times? Halal meat et al.
London Road's getting better, though that's from a very, very low base.
A 24 hour anything shop would be a bonus in that area, and in fact any part of the city centre. Although the early/mid evening opening of most shops has greatly improved in the last few years there's still a woeful lack of places to go, other than bars and clubs, after about 10pm. We need more all night coffee houses and ice cream/donught/bagel shops.. :cheers:Well we did have the first Mosque in the country in Brougham Terrace - late 19th century I think. It would be fantastic if London Road became Liverpool's Brick Lane - especially if they opened a branch of that fantastic 24 hour bagel shop - yum.