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Design Watchdog Criticises 'Twin Towers' development

Plans to redevelop Clapham Junction Station in Battersea have been panned by the Government's design watchdog because it is "not convinced" by proposals to build two towers of equal height, according to a document.

A design review by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe) of the redevelopment of the south-west London station says the case for two tall towers accommodating 556 residential units to a maximum height of 42 storeys were a “missed opportunity”.

If constructed as planned, Cabe says the buildings would appear “ungainly in medium and long range views of the buildings and unsettling when experienced up close”.

It added that the decision to not locate a tower above the station entrance was “potentially confusing” to users of the facility.

The station entrance was also "under-played" architecturally and the "wave" form of the station roof could be too complex to construct, added the review.

CABE said it did welcome the "considerable improvements this project would make to the station and the public realm" but said it was less convinced it would provide a fitting landmark for the area.

As well as two new station buildings, the development also includes new shops, restaurants, a cinema, a health and fitness facility, a medical centre and other uses in a three-storey development.

Read CABE's full review here

Article from 8 January 2009

Date posted: 11 January 2009