* Update spring 2017: For obvious reasons, the building has been dubbed the (Dalston) Dustbin
MORE DETAILS have emerged of the building proposed for the Peacocks site next to Dalston Kingsland station. The 18-floor Hanging Gardens of Babylon tower is out, replaced by a 19-floor Chinese lantern-shaped block.
Architects from Chelsea’s Jestico and Whiles, which took over from Bayswater practice BFLS after Hackney councillors rejected the previous scheme, were herded today Wed 11 July 2012 into a small meeting room at the CLR James Library to explain the scheme to the public, watched by a gang of corporate affairs men (a creep of corporate affairs?).
Dalstoners hoping to see a good model to give them a sense of scale and context saw only a rudimentary polystyrene representation. No brochure with pictures of the building was offered for examination in quieter circumstances — but the “creep” was certain that the images would be put on the scheme’s hastily set up website today.
The owner, property investor Rothas, had a public-relations team tell Loving Dalston several times that the proposal would not be sold on if the investor won council approval but would be carried out. The sky-rise would be built by Rothas, even though it lacked development experience. The PR team Four Communications is now silent on this project.
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* Main picture: like a cousin of Birmingham’s Rotunda, the “Lantern” would loom over Boleyn Road
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