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Cabe fails to back Victoria’s commercial property development

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe) has failed to support the latest design for the Victoria Transport Interchange, Building Design (BD) has reported.

The scheme, designed by Kohn Peterson Fox, was not to the panel’s liking as public spaces between its blocks were not up to standard.

Comments on the Cabe blog revealed the thoughts of Westminster Council’s planning committee.

“We are concerned the tightness of the spaces between blocks… will result in spaces that are unpleasant to live and work in,” it said.

The committee congratulated the client on its choice of architect, however it noted that “good architecture cannot, by itself, resolve weakness in the master planning principles”.

The proposed scheme is for a mixed-use development featuring commercial property, retail units and residential accommodation.

“We’re confident our design is the correct solution, taking into account the acknowledged severe constraints of the site,” BD has reported a spokesperson for Land Securities said.ADNFCR-1329-ID-18963573-ADNFCR

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