Porthcressa Resident Unhappy With New Buildings

A neighbour of the Porthcressa regeneration scheme says she’s unhappy with the appearance of the work and living units being built on the former library site on Buzza Street.

Pat Hayden says nearby residents were assured that the height of the roofs of the three units would be lowered, following their objections. Pat says the middle unit looks fine but the eastern end is taller than adjacent buildings and that makes the Buzza Street homes look like “dolls houses.”

And the overall impression, says Pat, is that the development is lopsided.

She has questioned whether anyone likes the structures because she’s heard comments like ‘carbuncle’ and ‘monstrosity.’

Diana Mompoloki of the council says the buildings are all in accordance with the plans and they are a lot lower than the exisiting Porthcressa flats. She says there is a step up in the roofline but not a very high one.

And she says that with only the steels framework up, it is really hard to see how it will look when finished.


8 Responses to Porthcressa Resident Unhappy With New Buildings

  1. Steve September 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I’m a born and bread local and lived here for 40 years and I keep thinking to myself how much more money are the council going to waste on liberies ??? In them years I no of 4 buildings now that have been liberies old carn Thomas , new building at the Wesleyan chapel , new building buzza street and now new building porthcressa !?!?! And the old school as a tempary one . All adds up people that our council tax loves being wasted on books that in ten years time you won’t even be able to buy anymore thanks to the digital age !!! Just a thought

    • Joe September 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Thank you! My sentiments exactly!

  2. Mike September 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I understand that this section of the scheme will not be completed now until the end of March !! I presume that the builders are having problems spending the £4.5 million grant money or the IOSC does not have any late completion penalties, as this is a full 6 months longer than the advertised completion date of Sept 2012. On a positive note we are at least halfway through the scheme 🙁

    It is perhaps a good thing that the builders were not involved in construction for the Olympics or it would be welcome to LONDON 2022 !

  3. ritchie September 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Got to agree there – the ridge height even when viewed from outside Trinity appears higher than the flats. If I lived in buzza street I would not be at all happy, appauling ! And as to when its finished it will only have a bigger imposing effect. But hey ho we were all consulted at length before the birth of the scheme – were’nt we ?

  4. Mike September 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    A typical example of a structure designed in an architect’s studio with no respect for local people, absolutely no feeling for the local environs and enormously over-engineered. At the so called consultations before the scheme commenced, we were specifically advised by the IOSC representative, that the Buzza Street roof height would be ‘inches’ higher than the adjacent house – regrettably this & many other assurances given were immediately broken without redress. We expect more from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which Porthcressa clearly is not !

  5. pat September 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Well said Maggie.

  6. Bill Hiner September 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Ms Mompolokii:
    Exactlly how much lower is “a lot lower”? The plans for both buildings are held by you, so please do let us all know!

  7. maggiemay September 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I would differ with Mrs. Mompolokii’s comments, the structure is much higher than Porthcressa Flats certainly at the eastern end the only area where it is lower is the centre; once the roof and tiles etc are in place the buildings will probably look much higher than ever. The foundations that were put in place and now the steel structure – skyscrappers come to mind. Won’t be far off when completed, in comparison with the rest of the buildings around the area. It is hard to imagine that Porthcessa area will ever be the same again, the stretch of land taken up by Kiers is unbelievable the whole area is an enormous eyesore and it appears daily that more and more ,of what once was a green belt area, is taken over by the contractors, like Topsy – keeps on growing.