1. JL store (landmark building hopefully)
2. Large covered arcade.
3. redevelopment of eyesore area of leeds.
4. circular access roads to MSCP (look sweet)
5. Large new public square
6. Pedestrinisation of eastgate (VV good IMO)
1. loss of bookends (not acceptable in any way)
2. retention of the worst part of eastgate. (inexcusable)
3. over massing of the main mall block.
4. the scheme seems to be lacking a coherant image (seems really dissjointed)
5. the scheme personally seems to have been altered to reduce cost and sacrifices some of the best elements of the original scheme.
please people let me know your plus and negative points for the scheme too
It's not really a list of plus and minus points but a few observations:
1. The "bookend" buildings were always scheduled for demolition as part of the Eastgate redevelopment.
2. The retention of the more modern block on the south side of Eastgate is, I suppose, controversial but I've never felt the scorn towards it that some people have. Sure, it's rundown but it may scrub up quite well.
3. A concern expressed over the previous proposal was over the lack of open space. I'm not sure how much more there is under the present scheme but I suppose we should give credit for the possibility of the open space having been increased.
4. I don't know that the scheme turns its back on the rest of the city centre but I'd want to see some more detailed plans and renders before making a judgement.
5. I'm interested that Thomas Heatherwick is no longer involved and wonder why that is. It could be down to cost-cutting but it could equally be down to a nervousness about his ability to design a large building after the debacle over his B of The Bang project in Manchester.
6. I'm not too bothered about the coherence of the whole development. In fact, part of the attraction of the previous scheme was the way that it split the development into three discrete but linked areas. I'm not really feeling that with the new plans but it may be down to a lack of detail.
So, for me, the jury's out at the moment. I'm just glad that there is some movement and I hope that quality issues will be ironed out during the detailed desing work. And Even Flow is quite right to say that we shouldn't accept any old shit out of gratitude that a developer is willing to come and build in our city.