Room with a view

I realise I may have come a bit late to the table with this but other members of the family brought his photo to my attention.

Apparently this artists impression is in the window of Lanes Estate Agents in Market Street. It purports to be a vision of the new Bircherley Green development looking north from Railway Street down to the Lea Navigation.


Artists impression looking north.

There are certain problems with this. The buildings furthest north are not the heritage cottages on Riverside but the view from Lanes side window; the clock on Shire Hall is quite distinct as is the Fore Street skyline.

Whatever the intention it gives a totally misleading interpretation of the relationship between the new apartments and the surrounding area. They will in fact dwarf Riverside being four storeys high over a ground floor retail build.

Could it be the artist’s intention to intimate that the new apartment blocks are not overpowering Lego brick blocks at all, but have a architectural empathy with their neighbours.

We are lucky on Folly Island to have a modern, steel sculpture of a towering crane overlooking our gardens. I am hoping it does not develop a life of its own and decide triffid-like to march onward and upwards across the river like an all conquering Martian army as imagined by H G Wells.

Crane hovering over bus station

I am not impressed, nor convinced by this artists impression of Bircherley Green. It is a gross misrepresentation and does not illustrate how the development will completely overshadow the town centre and beyond.

By John Barber

John Barber was born in London at the height of the UK Post War baby boom. He had careers in Advertising, International Banking and the Wine Industry before becoming Town Centre Manager in his home town of Hertford. He has been writing professionally since 1996 when he began to contribute articles to magazines on social and local history. His first published book in 2002 was a non-fiction work entitled The Camden Town Murder, a hitherto unsolved murder case from 1907.