boatenberg wrote:Calling it devastating is somewhat overstating things. No office building pre about the mid 1990s is properly fit for purpose today. That's a function of changes in needs and technology. That's why so many are being demolished or converted to residential.This is a truly devastating result..... What is the life span of these buildings??
PwC current building has lasted 30 years
the warehouse has stood for 200 years
boroughbloke wrote:Given the proximity to the old Marshalsea and Kings Bench prison sites, that would make it very sympathetic. And stylistically it is vaguely in keeping with the workhouse / warehouse history of the area, the character of which is what makes it generally attractive to people. I would say.You like that dreary piece of dockland's vernacular that the new building will replace? It's about as sympathetic as a prison.
PeteStaples wrote:If the market ceased to be useful or relevant then why not? However, I suspect it is Westfield that will be gone before this happens. I doubt that sort of retail is going to last in the face of the online assault. You'll note how retail units are rapidly being filled with everything you can't buy online. Hence the abundance of Starbucks , Costas, nail bars, barbers, Prets etc. By the time this wave is complete it will be hard to fill a shopping centre the size of a Westfield with such things.Hopefully they'll sort out that old fashioned market near London Bridge and put a proper Westfield shopping centre there soon
boroughbloke wrote:You like that dreary piece of dockland's vernacular that the new building will replace? It's about as sympathetic as a prison. Shame about the warehouse, but realistically what use is there for a warehouse, which has no architectural or historical special merits in this location? A vast loft apartment? Would you prefer that?
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