GrahamH wrote:A confident insert of polite scenery was required here, precisely to restore distinguished urban form to a location that once exhibited such - not an over-interpreted piece of chic functional design.
Very well put Graham, . . . . another call for training in the lost art of restrained in-fill.
I didn't believe that they actually said that this building was intended to form, with the tower of St. Catherines Church opposite, ''a portal to the regeneration of the Liberties''
, but it's there, in black and white, in the architects submission!
gunter wrote:Which planning official is responsible for this?
I'm going to have to back-track on that scurrilous slur, actually the Planner's report here is quite superb! Every bogus claim is held up to the light and put down with withering politeness.
And when a spade needed to be called a spade, we get that too:)
Extracts from the Planner's *Claire Sheehan*
[INDENT]''The proposed canopy is considered to be superfluous and out of scale with Thomas Court''.
'' . . the proposed external stairwell . . . is considered to be unduly obtrusive in this location''.
''It is not considered that the provision of either the stairwell or the canopy is justified and it is therefore considered that they should be omitted''.
''It is also considered that the fifth floor should be omitted to reduce the overall visual impact and the overbearing impact caused by the overhang of the upper floors, while still allowing for the retention of the more lightweight top floor''.
''. . . blank elevation over much of the ground floor level . . . not considered to be acceptable''.[/INDENT]
A slightly worrying aspect of the architect's submission on this, ''The Bakery''
, development is the numerous references to the adjoining 'Manor Park development'
, which may suggest that this particular behemoth is about to be lodged again.
Again CS is having none of it:
[INDENT]''. . . there is no permission for this development (Digital Hub / Manor Park site) at present and consequently the proposal must be viewed in the context of the existing scale and character of the area which includes Thomas street, Thomas Court and St. Catherine's Church. It is accepted that one of the objectives for the framework development area is to provide for 'dynamic contemporary architecture' but this also needs to integrate with the adjoining area of Thomas Street, which is a conservation area and key historic street . . .''[/INDENT]
Now this is what we're talking about!