Cabe shocks HKR into Poole tower redesign
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.
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