Stockwell St Development

Put the 1st- 9th July in your diaries, folks, as those are the dates when we can go along to Room 015 of Queen Mary Court at the ORNC to oohh and aahh at whatever the new building will be on the site of the old Village Market in Stockwell Street.

I have high hopes. I mean - this building is for a School of Architecture. If it isn’t downright ICONIC the University has no business having a School of Architecture at all.

In this particular case, and given it’s a school of architecture, personally, I would like to see something modern and truly funky, not too tall, obviously, but with that certain ‘something’ that makes buildings worth talking about.  If it’s bland, or covered in ‘sustainable’ wood planks I’m going to scream.

Paul would like to see a public market built within it – it’s a nice idea, but I’m guessing the University wouldn’t be able to cram in the projected TWO THOUSAND  students (are there that many architect jobs in the entire universe?)  if there are too many stalls doing fancy cupcakes, groovy t shirts and mango samosas.

So let’s all get down there on the 1st July and see what they’re proposing to build there. I get the feeling they’re willing to listen to local people over what will actually get built – so it’s up to us to tell ‘em.

Timings are thus:

Thursday 1 July, 5pm to 7.30pm; Friday 2 July, 8.30am to 7.30pm; Saturday 3 July, 10am to 5pm; Monday 5 July to Friday 9 July, 8.30am to 5pm.

2 Comments to “Stockwell St Development”

  1. Jack says:

    Have you seen their website?

    It looks like they’re shaping up to be the tallest buildings in Greenwich, apart from St Alfeges and the Borough Hall tower…

  2. Paul says:

    Anyone else seen this?

    The architects have previously done some interesting, intriguing schemes; I was staggered at how dense, almost brutalist this one looks. Certainly not as different from John Humphries House as you’d expect.

    I felt quite depressed at how devoid of inspiration they seemed – I would love someone to tell me I’m wrong. Previously I thought if they were at least and airy, a courtyard in the middle, which could be accessed by the community would be the making of the place. On this plan, they’d still look dense and unfriendly.

    There was an attendant there; I asked what the response so far had been. His summary was that the reaction was “horrible.”

    THey also had the standard feedback form; do you support the idea of a University in the area?; do you support the idea of a “green” building?… ie all arranged, not at all subtly, so they can claim there is huge public support.

    It’s sad. I have many friends who are achitects, it would be lovely to support a new development for once. Perhaps it’s the simple financially-inpired urge to cram as many buildings into as small as possible a space that’s responsible, once again, for uninspired, dull architecture in Greenwich.