A tower in Bromley town centre is nearing completion after years of construction. Named St Mark’s Square, the building is from developers U&I.

It’s certainly visible from many parts of the town centre. This view looking down the main pedestrianised street shows it visible at the far end.

I must say I have reservations about the finished article, or at least what’s evident so far. The detailing and quality looks poor. A tall tower is always going to be contentious and needs a high quality finish due to the strong presence. We don’t have this here.

The tower and related low-rise section will include 200 new homes, 9 restaurants, a Vue cinema and 130-bed Premier Inn hotel.

The tower is at its most slender when viewed from the east, as seen here by Waitrose car park.

None of the buildings in this area are an architectural masterclass. Lots of hulking 1980s and 1990s blocks abound, as does a huge car park beside the station. What a waste of land given the need for housing and people commuting from far further out on trains due to a lack of housing closer to central London.

Expanse of tarmac beside station. Poor planning

Much of London has this curious mix of under-used land and then towers stuck in between. This should be multi-storey parking with land freed up for new homes.

This tower could be the first of a few in the town centre which will be covered in future articles. One such tower is planned by Bromley North station

Thanks for reading. In coming weeks and months I hope to cover much that’s going on across Bromley borough (and occasionally beyond). Cheers!