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Saturday, January 27, 2007
A bit late, but better than never...
I'm just discovered that my previously failsafe blogging software has in fact not been posting stuff up for the last week. Hence a spate of posts. This is just a round-up of various small ut

In a situation that would never have happened a decade ago before density became an excuse for developers to up their profits, CABE has warned BDP that it risks repeating the mistakes of the past unless it revises its plans for a huge residential-led project in the Lee Valley, north-east London. The scheme for developer Lee Valley Estates, which CABE has now seen twice, would create around 1,250 new homes, student housing, offices, a hotel, shops, a health centre, a crèche, and a new primary school. The developer wants to cash in on the nearby tube, bus and rail links by building a high-density development. CABE is not convinced that the plot is suitable for such a large scheme.

The Twentieth Century Society has launched a survey of 1970s buildings to reveal those from the era that should be listed. Buildings cannot be listed unless they are older than 30 years – a rule that has opened up 1970s architecture for consideration. The first of the iconic buildings likely to find itself on the statutory protected list is Richard Rogers’ Lloyd’s Building in London.

The zero carbon taskforce steering group has apparently been agreed, and it is to include Yvette Cooper, Stuart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, Paul King, director of campaigns at the WWF, John Callcutt, who is heading the government’s housing sustainability taskforce, Michael Ankers, chief executive of the Construction Projects Association, and a local government official.

Barking Riverside announced it will hold a competition for housing design team which will result in the appointment of a design team not in the selection of specific designs — will be advertised in the next few weeks.

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