i like it. it will liven up that small area of the city centre which was a waste of space whilst trinity square car park was there and the other ugly 60's/70's building. nice to see the retail side of nottingham is expanding.
A 1980s thought process with some apologetic 1990s cosmetics
This aint a square its a cheap shopping centre! Doesnt even fit in with the existing street line! The trouble I have with these developments, same thing has been built in Plymouth is that they are basically cutting corners. It is just a large monolithic structure with a facade broken up in an attempt to make it look less imposing and to give the impression some care went into the design rather than the floor space requirements taking precedent.
However I dont think i have seen a modern example that has acheived this successfully; Maybe the level of detail required to make the illusion work does not fit in with todays mass production techniques? What does work however is when a group of buildings are designed and constructed individually around a public space such as a square or on an existing street line along the lines of an overall vision of pedestrian access and flows (see that new square in Manchester), with this approach you create an integrated but also highly flexible set of internal and external spaces... can you imagine the development above adapting to future uses?! Developers should not be allowed to develop such large sites unless it is broken up into attractive spaces for people to use and adapt.
yes I must point out that im not solely targetting this particular scheme with my critical view more the general attitude towards large-scale town developments in the UK. After having visited Plymouth with a similar oppurtunity I left with my head in my hands! But yes the new route is an improvement in the above so I`ll probably bump it up to 6/10
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