Wednesday 29 March 2017

The changing Wembley skyline as highrise blocks reach higher and higher

View from Chalkhill Park
This view drew my attention yesterday as I walked past Chalkhill Park, Wembley. It shows the central lift shaft of one of the tallest blocks so far approved in the Quintain regeneration area. As each block goes higher it sets a precedent for future planning applications: what's a couple of extra storeys between friends?

This Independent article from 2015 discusses some of the issues surrounding new highrise developments. LINK 

See also the Skyline Campaign HERE


Unknown said...

Hideous the lot of it, Wembley Park is a joke. The ad should read "You too can have a Box at Wembley Stadium" buy or rent a flat from Quintain, translated into chinese.

bigbreadeaterellis said...

If I am honest martin,
I don't mind tall blocks,I'm more concerned about the quality of the buildings.
Will they be adequately insulated against household noise?
Or will they be what I describe as another "haven of torment in the sky."
I have lived in too many...if only time could be turned back!

bigbreadeaterellis said...

I have to admit that I agree with you Jaine about "wembley park is a joke"
the only thing is the joke is on those who live in the worse parts such as chalk hill and bridge road, which tend to be crowded, polluted, dirty, and unkempt.
Also the view from my bedroom window isn't that impressive given that all that can be seen is Wembley stadium and the high-rise blocks mentioned by Martin.
Wembley park could and should be much better than it is
but no one is willing to make it happen.
There is a definite air of complacency and a don't care attitude about the place.
If you get the chance to walk from say Wembley park tube station to the park on chalk hill road, you'll see and sense it
when you see the litter laden pavements and green bushes and grass verges used as make shift dustbins, and the seemingly endless trail of cigarette stubs along the often broken, uneven pavements and carelessly laid tarmac.
It's nothing to feel proud of.
And the amazing thing is the land which was occupied by the old council owned estate called Chalk hill, was hailed as a "regeneration"
but having lived for 13 years on that estate and 17 years on the new one
I can honestly say that my definition of a regeneration differs greatly from Brent council.
The change is superficial and this is why the estate isn't impressive and certainly not nice to live on.