Demolition of existing building to facilitate office-led redevelopment
The Civic Society has a fundamental objection to this proposal on the grounds that there is a climate emergency and it is inappropriate to knock down a perfectly good, recently constructed building. Surely there must be an option to consider upgrading or extending the existing building? Only with a rigorous and verifiable assessment showing net zero carbon within a decade should developments of this sort be considered. The current building is a recent 4-storey construction in modern materials to a clean and striking design. It fits in well with its neighbouring building along the Harbour, the glass-faced building to the SE, and with other brick buildings in the immediate vicinity such as the Generator Building.
Should redevelopment be considered the Society objects to the current scheme on the grounds of excessive height. The proposed development represents over development of this restricted site with a height which is inappropriate in this location. The 1 Passage Street proposed development may be comparable in height to the neighbouring new Assembly buildings, and the Old Fire Station development on Temple Back, but not other nearby buildings. It rises to 10 storeys at the pavement edge on Passage Street.