My office used to be in Bressenden Place, near Victoria station. I’m now on Millbank by the river. I walk up to Victoria Street from time to time – it takes about 15 minutes – but usually through the quiet back streets. So I hadn’t really noticed the latest state of the building development just opposite the station. I once wrote a blog about this, musing about how buildings ever get built, as there seem to be a lot of men standing around doing nothing on site. But built they are. Earlier this week, in beautiful autumn sunshine, one of the towers loomed before me, as I walked up Vauxhall Bridge Road. You can call this a monstrosity, out of keeping with its surroundings, or a rather stunning building, whose outer surface seems to ripple in the sunlight.
I’ll go for the latter!
By the way, when I wrote the earlier blog, I thought Victoria was on the Crossrail route. It isn’t! This is an entirely commercial development, though I think it will also provide new access to Victoria station. Hope so – it has been an utter shambles for years.