St George's has indeed had alot of money thrown at it and quite right too. However, it's outward appearance is much the same as it was and I think it's difficult to see where the money has gone.
Part of their funding came from the sale and demolition of the old Saint Michael's church on Lant Street. As part of the planning permission, the developers of the new apartments included a nursery on the ground floor and now - quelle suprise - they are now applying for a change of use to offices. So no nursery then. There was also some sharp practice around the height of the building which resulted in me losing my view of wonderful Saint Pauls - ho hum.
I guess 23 will be the opening gambit....in the way these things are done nowadays. Developer 23...Southwark 12...result 16....the ways of the bazaar have arrived in local government planning offices. Although with the recent Barratt development so close by they may be ecncouraged to hold out for 23....and SC's hands would be pretty much tied I guess.
and another thing, Jan - sadly there really is very little we can do to prevent the sky being nibbled away.
I'm saddder than a sad thing in Sadshire that my wonderful skyline has now lost the Telecom Tower, CentrePoint and Saint Pauls. If the Elizabeth House project goes ahead, I'll lose the London Eye and, depending on how high the new apart hotel is at Westminster Bridge, gone will be Big Ben (I just lost the Victoria Tower. At least I can see the sun set over the (hideous) Palestra. All I hope is, probably in vain, that the new buildings are of outstanding quality and, dare I say, beauty. Long live Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind - and them wot are doing the Tate extension!