My first post ever on the site though I have been checking it 3-4 times a week for 18 months now.
I am agnostic about local/external developers and designers. As long as the are reliable and do good work. I have to say, however, that this is one of the few developments I did not like. It was pleasing to the eye in many ways, and filled a crater of nothingness in that part of the city, but it was built like a renaissance palace in an Italian town: a walled tower, with terrible street activation. My bias - and its a bias - is street activation, multi-use, etc. even with lower heights (as low as 3 -5 stories) is better than a good looking tower that creates more dead space (sure, more bodies, but those who hurry past the site as there 'nothing to see or do'). Our town is still weak on that - we some exemplars and some that miss the mark (Falcon Towers - argh) - but no need to stop trying.
'Might' in the end make the park even better. Fingers crossed.