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Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Crest Nicholson and RRP chosen for shipyard
Bit late noticing this one - but it's been announced that Crest Nicholson, with a masterplan by Richard Rogers Partnership, has been picked by the South East England Development Agency to regenerate Southampton's former Vospers shipyard. The masterplan includes 1500 homes and retail and leisure facilities on a site that has been used for shipbuilding for more than a century.


Blogger A said...

The plans for this have been around for quite some time now; RRP as far as I could see being just a show off name to attract developers, with vague promises, as seems to be a requirement with every new building round here, of an "icon." And why not throw in a promise of a Barcelona, Bilbao... effect for good measure? What's currently proposed looks fairly interesting though.

There's a large schism between city and sea in Southampton, the water really not present at all in the city's consciousness. All previous and current waterside developments are a frenzy of high density flats sold on their views rather than any connection with either the water or the rest of the city. As an aside, it's also currently, so I believe, got the highest national proportion (out of all dwellings) of apartments being built, something crazy like 80%. Depressingly, this is the first time anyone's tried to do it properly.

12:16 am  
Blogger HL said...

Thanks for the briefing, A! interesting, as I don't know Southamptonat all, apart from as that place I pass through on the train to another job, and the place where my team bought Theo Walcott from...

Given whay you've written about the previous development there, let's hope that the housebuilder of the year and RRP (however much of a trophy architect they may be) will do a good job of it!

8:32 am  

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