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Tuesday29 July 2014

Cabe shocks HKR into Poole tower redesign

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HKR Architects is to revise its design for a residential tower on Dorset’s Poole Quay after Cabe gave it a drubbing.

Director David King-Smith admitted the practice was “slightly shocked” by Cabe’s description of the 12-storey brick building as “inelegant and not of sufficient quality to be given planning permission”.

The £100 million West Quay mixed-use development, which includes 440 homes, shops and offices, has also suffered fierce opposition locally.

Cabe praised the “human scale” and charm of the smaller waterfront buildings but was highly critical of the tower, warning that the use of brick and bronze panels resulted in a “cumbersome” and potentially “top-heavy” building.

King-Smith had a meeting with Poole council last week after Cabe published its design review and promised to revise the tower – possibly reverting to earlier plans to use glass and steel.

He added that HKR had worked closely with Poole Council for two years, and was determined to win planning.

“We remain extremely positive about the proposal,” he said.

For a fuller version of this story read BD this Friday.

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  • I don't know why Cabe is complaining. This tower is quite in keeping with the piss-poor level of new buildings in Poole. It would fit in perfectly.

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  • well obviously this is just political. CABE trying to flex its muscle to show its worth in these times of government cuts.

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  • Its true that any time someone wants something, or wants attention, they pick a fight or do something unexpected or controversial.

    Weren't CABE slapped about something or other in the past month? Is it mere tit-for-tat?

    Or is somebody finally going to point out to the neo-rationalist airheads that architecture is more than about the literal translation of cardboard massing studies into stark and often ugly reality.

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  • I don't see anything rationalist about that scheme, neo or otherwise.

    You also seem to have neo-rationalism, the 1960s movement whose main proponents such as Rossi and Grassi were greatly concerned with the city and its development over time, confused with something else.

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