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This probably wont be tall but it will be a vast improvement on what is presently there, as the current building is embarrassing considering its right in the middle of knightsbridge. As with most urban renegeration that is improving cities throughout the UK grim post war blocks are being cast aside for a more fitting replacement that should enhance and not demean the area.





http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9064-1622115,00.html
Rogers to revamp London landmark


THE architect Richard Rogers has been commissioned to turn one of London’s tired landmark buildings into an exclusive residential and retail complex worth more than £400m, writes John Waples.
Bowater House, which overlooks Hyde Park, was bought last year for £150m by a consortium comprising CPC, a Guernsey-based company, and Bank of Scotland Corporate.


The Candy brothers, Christian and Nick, who put the deal together, will be responsible for designing the upmarket apartments. The consortium is currently trying to secure planning permission. It is hoped the complex will be completed by 2009.

Rogers said: “The site is remarkable, probably one of the finest urban settings anywhere in Europe and certainly one of the most impressive.”
 

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Here is an older proposal at the beginning of last year



Westminster: Bowater House

Meeting Date: 01/07/2004
Location: Westminster
Region: London
Architects: Hamilton Associates Architects
Scheme Description: Proposal for two residential buildings flanking the east and west sides of a new public space in Knightsbridge.

CABE Comments

We welcome the comprehensive and convincing approach to the redevelopment of this site. We are also pleased that the opportunity to reconfigure the road junction and to repair the damaged caused by earlier highways engineering is being taken. We appreciate the demanding logistics of getting to this point in the development of the design, not only in the complex access and servicing arrangements but also the consultations with vociferous neighbours and statutory authorities. In the round, we think that this represents a potentially successful proposal, clearly informed by an extensive and detailed contextual study.

We understand the argument put forward by English Heritage that the view from Hyde Park should be of boundary trees rather than buildings protruding above the tree canopy giving the illusion of being surrounded by countryside. However, in our view, a contrary case can be made – given that there are other buildings visible above the treeline - for increasing the height of the building if it resulted in a more convincing composition and thus an improved townscape.

We welcome the introduction of a new public space for this part of Knightsbridge and the creation of a pedestrian route to the Park; we think that its form could be intriguing and could mediate well between the busy road of Knightsbridge and the quieter Hyde Park. It will be important that in the next stages of development the quality of the space is considered and those practical factors such as the effect of wind funnelling through the space, and noise and sunlight, are properly understood and tested.

We welcome the rigour of the planning of the building and the way the rhythm of the bays relates to the plan of the individual apartments. However, this rigorous approach to the plan and rhythm breaks down at the entrances to and edges of the piazza, particularly at the ‘pinch point’ to the north. Here the rhythm of the bay is interrupted by a gap, which does not relate well to the rhythm established by the rest of the facade.

A consequence of the shape of the public space is that the internal planning of the apartments to either side is awkward and makes little sense, particularly at the corners; we doubt whether these triangular spaces will be of much use. Given the potential cost and value of these unusable spaces we would question this strategy.

In our view, the rigour and order applied to the north and south facades below the main parapet level should equally apply to the building at the higher level. The stepping and fragmentation of the upper levels appears arbitrary and over-complex. We understand the reasons behind this but we feel that it diminishes the overall intention of providing a strong building at this important junction in Knightsbridge. In our view, a calmer approach to the accommodation at the higher level is required. In terms of the composition of the building we would not object to it being taller in the centre if this resulted in an improvement to the overall composition of the scheme.

We think that more work is now needed on the detailed design of the facades. It will be important that these buildings take on the same level of rich articulation and solid construction as the surrounding developments. In our view, this will come in part from the design of the detailing, such as the reveals, screens and balconies and the appropriate use of high quality materials. We would support the local authority in applying robust conditions and seeking to approve details at 1:20 or 1:5 scale.
 

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I hope the new scheme does something similar, ie demolitian of the current building and the improvement of public space in that pointless and horrendous road junction!
 

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Good news.... well not for Hamiltons apparently but still good news.

Yeah that road junction is apalling. We cross it every Wednesday to play softball in HydePark and it's a nightmare.

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Also, the sculpture underneath it scares me too. Hope that goes :eek2:
 

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The old scheme looks quite nice but im sure Rogers should do us pround- he rarely lets us down.

Now if only they could get rid of that other monstorous post war mistake , the horse guards tower or what ever its called nearby- that really is bad
 
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