The proposed development has been criticised by CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) in their assessement of 23 November 2009. This is the government’s quango advisor on architecture, urban design and public space.
PLEASE, can we have some opinions on this added as comments to help with the upcoming Council Ward Meeting on 16 February?…..
In summary, CABE says,
- they are uncomfortable about the proposed height of this building
- a convincing case has not been made in urban design terms for this scheme
- we are concerned for example that the tower will loom over the successful development at Brindley Place
- we question whether a building of this height is even viable in structural or economic terms
- the lack of breathing space on the ground calls into question whether this particularly constrained site surrounded by traffic is appropriate for such a tall building
- we would expect the most visible building in Birmingham to make a generous contribution to public realm at street level, have a positive relationship to its immediate and wider context
They end their summary by saying “we do not think that the current design for this prominent building is good enough for Birmingham and urge the city to demand better. We do not support the current outline planning application.”.
Their final conclusion is:
There may be a case for a tall building on this constrained site, but not without a fundamental rethink of the design generators of the form and architecture, and a wholesale review of the surrounding public realm and highways engineering. In our view, more serious thought about the quality of the street level environment and the approach to sustainability is likely to result in development in a very different form on this site.
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