Cabe slams Squire’s One Tower Bridge plans
Doubt voiced over desire to create high-profile cultural destination
Squire & Partners’ planned Potters Field redevelopment close to London’s Tower Bridge is architecturally no match for surrounding landmarks, Cabe has claimed.
In a damning report, Cabe’s design review panel said the scheme, also known as One Tower Bridge, needed to “change significantly” if it was to have any chance of standing its ground among the better-known attractions on London’s South Bank, such as the nearby Tate Modern and Foster & Partners’ City Hall.
The mixed-use development includes 400 apartments along with retail and an 8,000sq m arts or “cultural use” space, which Cabe said needed to be sorted out urgently to allow redesign work to take place.
“We recommend that when the cultural user is identified the design is allowed to develop and change significantly to suit the brief of the specific user,” Cabe said. “We are nervous that the cultural space might become, for example, commercial floor-space and hope that the cultural use will be safeguarded.”
The design review said clients Berkeley Homes and Southwark Council wanted the development to be a high-profile cultural destination.
“Therefore, it is vital that the landmark qualities of the development signify and advertise its cultural use,” Cabe said. “We feel strongly the cultural use should be articulated with a presence of its own that transcends the residential use.”
It added that a planned “campanile” should be removed from the design in order to strengthen the design proposal.
The design has also been criticised by neighbouring Greenwich Council. In a letter to Southwark, which is also the planning authority, Greenwich “expressed concern on the excessive height”
of the development, which it claimed would ruin protected views of St Paul’s Cathedral from Blackheath Point.
Squire & Partners declined to comment.