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I preferred it before, it was vintage and retro looking.
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bobby1413 wrote: 19 Feb 2018 07:54 I preferred it before, it was vintage and retro looking.
You do mean this place?
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Took an odd shot of it on Saturday -
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ash wrote: 18 Feb 2018 18:17 Looking forward to seeing the finished building. To think what was there before!
Well to me, as a long time outsider who remembers the original being built, it seems that one high rise building that stood out like a sore thumb has now been replaced by an even higher one? Or am I missing something rather obvious? :?

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windrush wrote: 19 Feb 2018 15:38
ash wrote: 18 Feb 2018 18:17 Looking forward to seeing the finished building. To think what was there before!
Well to me, as a long time outsider who remembers the original being built, it seems that one high rise building that stood out like a sore thumb has now been replaced by an even higher one? Or am I missing something rather obvious? :?

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The original building couldn’t really be classed as high rise tbf. It was dated and very ugly as well.
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OneHinton wrote: 19 Feb 2018 21:33 ..... and very ugly as well.
.... so nothing new there then :whistle1:
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I wouldn’t say the new building is ugly at all. Each to their own though.
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I like the look of the new place in the renders

Be interesting to see what its like for real - once its revealed from under the scaffolding etc.
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OLDMAN wrote: 20 Feb 2018 08:07 I like the look of the new place in the renders

Be interesting to see what its like for real - once its revealed from under the scaffolding etc.
How about painting a box of Cornflakes and a box of Rice Crispies and standing them offset from each other .... that should do it .... and took about as much design skill ...
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I suppose it’s a bit like Marmite – love it or hate it – it’s still there!

TBH I like the idea they will have balconies on the new building, plus the roof gardens

Hopefully that will allow tubs and planning that will break up the look and make the place look better
Similar to the places just outside Basingstoke TC

And really………..which looks the better –
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I'm sort of with pi - I'm not overly enamoured of the new design nor with what was there previously. The new building is clearly better than the old one, but rather in the way that a dislocated shoulder is better than a dislocated hip...
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Agreed but again it is just one block for another. Can we not have some imagination in design like the “Gherkin “ or “The Shard” anything other than just square blocks springing up everywhere basically looking the same? Are there no innovative architects out there?
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PC49 wrote: 20 Feb 2018 21:43 Agreed but again it is just one block for another. Can we not have some imagination in design like the “Gherkin “ or “The Shard” anything other than just square blocks springing up everywhere basically looking the same? Are there no innovative architects out there?
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PC49 wrote: 20 Feb 2018 21:43 Agreed but again it is just one block for another. Can we not have some imagination in design like the “Gherkin “ or “The Shard” anything other than just square blocks springing up everywhere basically looking the same? Are there no innovative architects out there?
I like the new building but completely see your point about originality. I've said it here before too. Google "amazing buildings" or "sky scrapers" for some examples of unique designs.

I know we are not Dubai, NYC or London. But it doesn't mean we can't aspire to have a smaller version of some of these unique landmark buildings.

It's precisely why I was so excited by The Arc design.
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This building with its 3 rooftop gardens and stepped architecture was rather good, I thought.

I would certainly not put it in the 'boring' category.
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zag wrote: 22 Feb 2018 10:57 This building with its 3 rooftop gardens and stepped architecture was rather good, I thought.

I would certainly not put it in the 'boring' category.
... so can ‘we’ see those rooftop gardens, to enhance the view? -if not, then it’s just a boring block.
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Difficult to see what else they could have done with a relatively small footprint. At least it's not just a straight rectangular block, looks like there's been some design and architectural thought, seems as if the river frontage will be greatly improved and a huge improvement on what was there. Think there's a scale model in the Haslams office.
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piwacket wrote: 22 Feb 2018 12:40
zag wrote: 22 Feb 2018 10:57 This building with its 3 rooftop gardens and stepped architecture was rather good, I thought.

I would certainly not put it in the 'boring' category.
... so can ‘we’ see those rooftop gardens, to enhance the view? -if not, then it’s just a boring block.
It's far from a boring block
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The tower is just beginning to emerge from behind its sheeting. Looks reasonably promising...or perhaps it was the sunny day?!
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peterson wrote: 04 Nov 2018 21:37 The tower is just beginning to emerge from behind its sheeting. Looks reasonably promising...or perhaps it was the sunny day?!
Photo at the top of my blog post covering a round up of the latest developments:
http://readingonthames.com/2018/11/02/d ... autumn-18/
Thanks Peterson for an interesting update :)
... so it’s emerging - still IMO as a boring block, with a cage around it- well that’s different I suppose :?
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A photo I took yesterday:
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I’m lucky I don’t have to see it 😄
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While I don't much care for these sky-hutches and wonder if we'll just end up repeating history, it has to be said that this one does actually look very much like the artist's impression.
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I took a different shot of it the other day -
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Blimey that looks bad.
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Melchett wrote: 19 Mar 2019 09:11 Blimey that looks bad.
I'll choose to regard that as a comment on the architecture rather than my photography (or Oldman's). :-)
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chris_j_wood wrote: 19 Mar 2019 11:50
Melchett wrote: 19 Mar 2019 09:11 Blimey that looks bad.
I'll choose to regard that as a comment on the architecture rather than my photography (or Oldman's). :-)
Correct! It just looks like a slightly more modern version of what was there before...
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I walked past there yesterday, and thought it looked great. So I came home and downloaded the brochure from their website and have had a good look at it and have chosen my apartment - three bedrooms and a terrace, with a nice view.

There are no prices quoted - but that's OK, as I don't have any money!
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The great benefit of living in it is that you don’t have to look at it !
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At the end of the day it does have some good features as a look and –
a. Its far better than the eyesore ‘Kings Point’ that was there (especially with the semi-boarded-up tyre / car wash place that was below it
b. Many won’t even notice when in a car going past
c. Nor see it well from a bus (I’ve tried to get a photo that way)
d. So only people that will actually see it are those walking (or cycling) down Watlington St or up from the Forbury towards Kings Rd
e. Or those coming in from Cemetery Junction direction


So how many on here do that on a daily, or even regular basis?
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I cycle past it most days (along Kennet side). I think it's quite nice from the ground level, the materials look decent and there's lots of glass which gives it a clean/modern look. I think when some green starts growing on the balconies and terraces, it'll look better too.

Having said that, I wouldn't want to live in it...but I'm not the target market.
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bert wrote: 19 Mar 2019 16:20 I think when some green starts growing on the balconies and terraces, it'll look better too.
So it’s emerged - haven’t gone past it yet. I still think it’s an eyesore, especially highlighted in OMs photo above :shrug1:
... and when ‘some green’ has grown it’ll probably discolour in the same way as the supreme eyesore, the Oracle, has done ... maybe this time the plants will be of the Mediterranean type, that don’t need watering ?
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I think it looks good. A million miles better than the eyesore that was previously there (Kings Point).

I’m now looking forward to the 23 story (6 more tab. This) going up at the old BMW site. I enjoy watching a developing skyline!
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They should knock it down and build this instead :whistle1:
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