83 Barchester Street Exhibition - Further to my email
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Dear Friends

83 Barchester Street Exhibition
Further to my email of July 24, I went to the exhibition this afternoon and have to report that, although the five-storey warehouse (on the corner of Barchester and Chrisp) is to be demolished, and replaced by a six-storey building, it is very well designed.
The two-storey former joinery works with north lights will be gutted but the four outer walls (side walls with north light gables) will be retained.  A four/five-storey would be inserted in the eastern two thirds and the western third would be an inner courtyard: separated from an outer courtyard by the free-standing western side wall.
The five-storey warehouse is not seen from the canal, so its total loss is a little more acceptable.  Furthermore, the walls and roofs of the replacement building relate to the modified former joinery works, which, in my opinion, wuold continue to make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Limehouse Cut CA. 
Further details can be provided (020 8981 7361) but all in all, I feel that this proposal (unlike so many new builds in LBTH) is well designed: the new building within the former joinery workshop walls actually relates to the saw-tooth profile of the retained wall on Balladier Walk.  Architect is Luke Dewey of Metropolitan Workshop, Cowcross Street. 
The development is also 100% affordable (i.e. all units available for social rent to people nominated by the Council).  It is, of course "off-site affordable", which means that they are being provided in association with Canary Wharf Group Plc residential development(s) elsewhere. I was also assured that the units couldn't be purchased and sold on.
Should you visit the exhibition on Saturday and disagree with me then please let me know. But on balance, I feel this development is worth supporting.  They hope to have planning permission by the end of the year. Have suggested that they record before demolition and place copy at Bancroft Road.
Tom Ridge

East End Waterway Group
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