Some pictures of the new development - to be titled 'Joyce's Walk'. The entrance buildings are yet more identikit offsprings of Dunnes of Henry Street™, but in a slightly more palatable context methinks...
Simple and elegant nonetheless. The brick further down has a more pleasant quality. The new street is more of a passageway really. Some more tree planting wouldn't go amiss, and the pavement could be wider.
As BTH and notjim have mentioned, the treatment of the previously concealed bridge piers has been horrific. Left as they are they're just plain ugly, and if to be painted (likely) they're crying out to be graffitied. Really, such appalling treatment of the public domain. I cannot believe this, the most obvious element of the entire project to get right, has been so clumsily butchered. It pulls down the entire street. Some simple yellow brick cladding is all that was required as even a basic solution, matching that of the elevations further down the street.
The new shopfront fronting Talbot Street is elegant.
Which is more than can be said of those of Billy and his friend - what ridiculously scaled and detailed concoctions.
Was Planning so bowled over by the generous concept of a new thoroughfare that they just waved through all these details? Nonetheless the upper facades look very well, but their new faux Georgian makeover is dubious and poorly considered. For a start surely these buildings had plate glass sashes originally? (before the 70s aluminium went in). Equally the new glazing bars are too thin relative to the chunky sash frames, while the lovely deep orange of these machine-made Victorian bricks has been replaced with a pink colourwash more suited to dodgy Georgian townhouse restorations in the Midlands. Personally I find this a growing problem with Victorian brick - it's one thing to clean it, but to colourwash it and thus lose its original character is not on. Going by their appearance you could now date these buildings more accurately to 1997 than 1887.
There are however some other decent jobs going on on Talbot Street. If ever there was an example of the transformation that can be effected on a city just by getting modest facades and fenestration right, this is it. It really cannot be said enough.
Beautiful job (whatever of the old shopfront). And the ever-increasing scourge of cumbersome double-glazed sashes has been resisted here. In fact I'd say this is now a rarity relative to the popularity of factory-churned clunky tmber sashes flooding the market now.
What a difference. And look at the elegant simplicity of the lightly cleaned orangey brick.
Another recent decent job further down - the colour's a tad dodgy, but passable.
And again the retention of original sashes (if not quite a restoration of them).
Great to see good solid improving jobs like these on a secondary street like Talbot Street.