Great pictures indeed, shame about the development though, staggeringly inappropriate for the location. Whilst I don't think that the Shard detracts from the UNESCO world heritage site, bland value engineered drivel like three quays starts to add weight to UNESCO's arguments.
So grateful that heritage bodies have spent so long trying to stop skyscrapers getting built whilst stuff like this just sails through. Staggeringly awful renders and I've little faith the real thing will be particularly good.
A stone building would have worked wonders, I'm not one to advocate pastiche architecture but I think a site that sits next to such landmarks as the Tower and Tower Bridge should have at least used a similar palette of materials. I can't recall the names of them now, but there were a couple of high quality builds in the City that were recently completed - something akin to that would really liven the waterfront up without being detrimental to the key buildings.
Given the location and popularity of the tower front walk, I'd have thought a much better strategy would have been to extend the riverside public space and to move the tower pier along a bit to where three quays is being built, the current position of the pier is very awkward and really doesn't complement the tower at all. It's also very tricky for mooring ships mid-tidal flow.
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