At its meeting on 5 July the Forum heard from the architects Bennetts Associates about the plans for the Sports Hall. The architects wanted to make a bold civic statement but could not be grandiloquent, because the railway tunnels ran just beneath the site. They also wanted to pick up motifs from the (rather distant) railway sheds.
Regardless of its boldness, the proposed building will be overshadowed by the blocks to the west of York Way, which can be allowed deeper foundations. Members of the Forum were also concerned that it was ugly and dark; even if it was a civic statement it was perhaps not very civil. The same concern had been expressed at the meeting of the Design Panel and Access Forum. The planning application submitted thereafter (2016/5580/P) appeared to ignore this concern, which the Forum then reiterated in a short response.
Also at the meeting the landscape architect Julia Finlayson from Argent outlined the intentions for the public spaces around the site. The outline was valued highly and prompted requests for a further treatment, covering the whole area, at greater length.
The minutes of the meeting provide a summary of all this.
At its next meeting, on 22 November, the Forum will have:
- A presentation and discussion led by TfL (and supported by planning officers from Camden and Islington) of the current state of the plans for removing the gyratory.
- A review of the past year.
- A discussion of the intentions for next year.
- The election of the officers for next year.
The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 on Tuesday 22 November in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall. All are welcome to this (and every other) meeting of the Forum.
At its next meeting, on 5 July, the Forum will hear from the architects Bennetts Associates about the plans for the Sports Hall on York Way, near Rubicon Court and Saxon Court. This is the third building in the neighbourhood by the architects, the others being the Camden Council Offices and the Midland Goods Shed. It has led to some interesting design challenges, such as being metres above the railway tunnels but needing to stand out as a public building.
Then Julia Finlayson, a landscape architect from Argent, will discuss the intentions for the public spaces around the site, looking at green and grey spaces, pedestrian and cyclist routes, disabled access, and so on.
The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 on Tuesday 5 July in the Saxon Court Meeting Room in Beaconsfield Street. All are welcome to this (and every other) meeting of the Forum. If you have been to meetings of the Forum before, please pay particular attention to the time and place.