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My first post!

There's a substantial development underway, just north of the Old Street roundabout, and I haven't been able to find any discussion of it. It's close the the currently-abandoned Eagle House site.

When complete in summer 2012, it will comprise:

  • 680 student rooms
  • Office space
  • Retail space
  • 250-room hotel (I think Premier Inn)

There isn't much information to be found on the internet, but you can see some renderings here:

http://www.lifschutzdavidson.com/

Go to Projects > Current Projects > East Road

The groundworks appear to be complete across the site, and the hotel segment is progressing quickly. At the very least, it will hide the horrendous Cable & Wireless building behind the site :D
 

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Excellent first post...thank you.
 

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I don't mind it, it's very urban, think New York's vast amount of red brick residential buildings. This area doesn't need gimmicky buildings everywhere and in some way's this is a sober but thoughtful exercise all be it with checker board windows.
LDS produce very good buildings and I'm happy this kind of development is going up.

On the other hand look at the shite being proposed down the road at the roundabout another Allford Hall Monaghan Morris blooper, are they trying to resurrect all the post war crap we are desperately trying to rid our city's of, shameful and stupid design for a roundabout that needed some love.
 

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Here are some photos that I took earlier. Sorry about the quality - they're phone pics. Plus it was a dismal day.









I have to say that it's growing on me! Can't wait to see it progressing.
 

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O blimey thats there. Didnt think to wonder what was being developed, site was cleared a while back. Interesting development. More accomodation is a good thing. A nice finger to Islington from Hackney. Shame it seems to be all the less fortunate boroughs doing all the hard work for London.
 

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The random windows are going to look as dated as those on every other recent building but fortunately this doesn't appear to be a major feature here. Otherwise I'm not sure why people are so against this. It's urban and dense, looks decidedly modern and yet manages somehow to fit with its surroundings - surely what we want.
 

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As the build progresses, I'm starting to get more excited about this. Within the context of its immediate surroundings, it's going to look huge. I don't think you really get a sense of that from the renderings.

Here are some more photos that I took today (again, sorry about the poor quality):





 

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I had no idea this had progressed so quickly from the drawing board.

I do like it, I shouldn't.. but I'm into this would be dated look of mis-alligned glazing. I like how the public house sits next to the development - it doesn't work, but I still like it :| It is that generic, 'every big urban area should have a good few of' kind of developments - not high end, but a good ingredient to the fabric - like when you're in the early stages of a sim city like game :D
 

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This project is progressing rapidly. It's quite hard to get decent shots of the build, as it's a large site. These are some iPhone shots that I took while passing by yesterday.







^ This is going to be an impressive development when complete. Still another 8-10 floors to go on the block above! You can't get a sense of the bulk of it from these photos, but I think that this cluster of buildings will help redefine the area.
 

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I have to agree... Not outstanding, but an improvement.

It's close to this proposed development, which isn't hugely inspiring either:

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=2715
Small point of trivia from personal experience working for them a few years back: Wilkinson Eyre Architects used to have their offices at 100 City Road.

Would have been interesting to see their take on the project :)
 
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So I go past this every day on my bus (past the roadworks) and always wanted to know what the finished buildings would look like...

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Good to see they're putting up more bland modern shite there.

I guess I'll have to wait 30 years or so for this to get knocked down and hope they put up something half decent in its place.
 
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