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Keep our riverside views

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A quiet appeal to keep what is good.

I really don’t mind South Tyneside Council having a strategic partnership with BT so long as it delivers on it’s promises to provide cost effective value for money services costing less than they do now. I will mind if it turns out that we have been mortgaged well into the future, I will also mind if their proposed headquarters building planned for the Harton Staithes area of South Shields’ riverside robs us of the views of the River Tyne that we have become used to in recent years. We hid that view for centuries and in a short space of time that little vista has began to mean so much to us, how can you expect us to relate to the Tyne and all it has meant to our history and heritage if we are not allowed to see it?

I don’t mind a little compromise from BT either, just come up with a plan and a design that pleases the public for a building  split into two components with a huge space between, or locate it closer to the Customs House, or create a glass monolith that we can all see through – but don’t make it as ugly as the New Wemblyesque HMRC building in Newcastle!

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Written by curly

October 6, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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  1. Never been sure about the gales whistling down the river and into the Market Place, get a bit of an exposed feeling but presumably clever design should be able to satisfy all parties.

    cherry bear

    October 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    • I’m very keen on copious amounts of plate glass in structures these days a la Sage, Gateshead.


      October 7, 2009 at 8:43 pm

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