Compare and Contrast
Graham at Greenwich Meridian and I have been talking about the new pier buildings. Graham says: I don’t know what it is with the new pier buildings, but they make the Cutty Sark look terribly land-locked.
I can’t help agreeing. There’s now a long barrier of frankly inappropriate fake copper buildings (I’m sure the original plans said real copper – presumably that’s been dropped because of the high price and the risk of theft but this stuff’s vile) between the Cutty Sark and any kind of water. Of course the old pier was a mess, made worse when they took away the old Victorian waiting room ‘because it was unrepairable’ – it was sold to St Kitts, if memory serves, and, er, repaired.
Compare it with Graham’s other picture, of the tall ship Thalassa, at Woolwich:
backdropped by modern buildings that I don’t care for much either, but somehow they are far less in-yer-face.
I’m not saying we didn’t need a pier building at Greenwich – we most certainly did need one. It’s just that the one that’s been built gets more intrusive every time I look at it, not less. It just isn’t blending in.
Still, we have one thing to be grateful for. The giant illuminated Frankie and Benny’s sign has been refused permission by the council after sixty-six objections. Of course it’s possible F&B always knew they were on a sticky wicket and decided that the many weeks of free advertising to all those Clipper riders was worth the sign outlay even if they were going to be caught out. Doesn’t look like they’ve appealed yet.
The utterly unloved Euston Station, built in spite of huge public protest (the loss of the original building and especially the Euston Arch outside being the catalyst for the modern preservation movement) is now, after 50-odd years, in line to be demolished and rebuilt, perhaps reinstating that arch. I hope we don’t have to wait fifty years to lose that bloomin’ pier.
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