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Thanks for the pictures GrahamH and Morlan. This scheme has some really good points. The apartments and tower can only enhance a north inner city skyline that at the moment is dominated by the appalling jervis centre. The new streets and square look fine (except for the green paving 😮 in the earlier pictures: is this still part of the plan?). I agree with Graham’s comments too about the changes to the Arnotts building. The reinstatement of the tower and the role of the building with respect to the new street justifies messing around with what is anyway nothing more than a (not particularly special) facade.
The bad points are the changes to Penneys and the ramp on O’Connell Street. If this is possible, the renovated Penneys will be worse than what is already there. The giant glass panel will grab attention without diminishing the ugliness or incongruity of this awful building. Is a modern design that acknowledges the proportions of its neighbours beyond the wit of the architects? And the ramp? Surely the developers are chancing their arm. If there is no space for it on Abbey Street then perhaps space could be made for it on Princes Street North (around the corner from the planned location). I don’t think a few cars on this street would do it any harm: giving the feel more of a real street and less of a shopping mall.