Thursday, 30 July 2009
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Recently he read a old book that said there may have been a grand garden at Kennilworth Castle and decided there was, without a scrap of concrete evidence and set out to recreate it with several millions of mine and your taxpayers money to the bemusement of a BBC TV crew and the whole nation laughing their darned socks off.
Dumber and Dummer. Now the Heretics say;
“We need to go to the lowest common denominator without dumbing down and getting facts wrong. We aim for a reading age of 10-11, and we would put it in a very simple, attractive way, with text that is easy to understand.” Said someone from the Properties access group.
Heritage staff have also begun bussing in visitor groups from working-class backgrounds, to get their feedback. At 17th-century Bolsover Castle, the visitors took great interest in the skills of the craftsmen who built it. In future, signs interpreting the site will emphasise the roles of working-class people, such as stonemasons and saddlemakers.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6727713.ece
Maybe the Saville Row "Bazooka Joe" is now regretting spending all our dosh on Faulty Towers http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/05/dr-simon-thurley-and-restoration-of.html and maybe he realises if you turn a heritage site into a cafe for the masses that's where the money is. The real people who he needs to make it simple for, are his own staff who cant understand what the word Conservation Area means or World Heritage Site.
I recently interviewed Thurley-gig at a EH book launch at the now ruined Bluecoat........well when I say interviewed him, I had him by the lapel (who is his tailor putting a DB lapel on a SB suit is really not done old boy) asking him how his operatives at the Ministry of out of touch, Ivory tower dwellers looking after Liverpool did not read or understand their own guidelines and instead of protecting us they have assisted in the despoilment of our World Heritage Site, right under his nose. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/03/bluecoat-tradgedy.html
He was rescued by the Diviot I was talking about and scurried away unable to understand or unwilling to comprehend the continuing problems that we have here in Liverpool with a team who are more interested to sucking up to developers than truthfully advising them as to the principles of Good Conservation. Goodbye its nice to put a face to the name Mr Colquhoun he said as he slipped away leaving me with Liverpool's very own English Heretic. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/05/henry-owen-john-english-heretic.html
IN COMMON SPEAK MR THURLEY YOU ARE A CONDESCENDING LITTLE HOORAY HENRY. What about the heritage of the English language
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
What the story does not tell you is that if, the expansion, which now looks credit crunched, of Liverpool's football ground goes ahead it will eat up half of the park. It is good to have expansive progressive plans but its always one step forward and one back with Liverpool's heritage.
http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2009/07/28/tom-hicks-and-george-gillett-agree-new-liverpool-fc-loan-deal-92534-24253386/ The conservatory was restored once before by the Militant tendency council whose opinion under the stewardship of the then deputy leader Derek Hatton was that it should be a wine bar.
I have not seen it yet and I doubt if it will ever be the same place as when I grew up near there and could safely play in the children's boating lake and go to school summer holidays chess and game classes safely spending hours there.
There used to be a flower clock with moving hands made by the botanical gardeners that had moving hands and you would hang around till 12 o'clock to watch it move. Those were the days. Lets hope it stays that way. So for the time being its welldone to all concerned in the Parks new dawn.
Monday, 27 July 2009
Cruise liner work set to start
WORK is set to start shortly on the cruise liner facility at Liverpool's Pier Head following the signing of legal agreements.
The agreements between Liverpool City Council and Peel Holdings following several months of negotiations allow for access to the site at Princes Dock.
"This has been a highly complex scheme because of the number of different interests involved but by working together the partners in the scheme are going to deliver something which is very important to the future of the city and the region."
Lindsey Ashworth, Development Director of Peel Holdings says:-"All stakeholders have been working extremely hard to ensure that the Cruise Liner Terminal goes ahead. It's not been easy but we were all confident that solutions and compromises would be made for the greater good of Liverpool.
"What is important is that this is seen as the start of the regeneration of the entire waterfront from Pier Head through Central Docks and beyond.
"To attract these cruise ships from exotic and far away places, we have to provide a waterfront that is befitting the great City of Liverpool.
"Peel intends to keep the momentum of regeneration going forward by creating a vibrant and exciting waterfront with buildings and public realm of the highest quality and so adding to Liverpool's attraction.
Thursday, 23 July 2009
The problem with this Stirling Prize shortlist is that it has nothing to do with good architecture, and everything to do with the jury being given a bit of everything. So we have a health building, a masterplan, an office and an art museum, plus the two superstar typologies of Maggie’s Centre and winery. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ health centre is another message sent - like the practice’s Westminster Academy in the context of new schools, Kentish Town Health Centre is the best primary care building of a wave of quite mediocre ones.
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
It is my opinion that Bill Gleeson, business editor and his hoppo, Tony McDonut at the Daily Ghost Writer business section have not got the requisites to work out how these deals are done....or profits are shared without money changing hands. Or how hedge fund vehicles can be used to give the impression that a building has been sold. Have they ever been in business? Do they just print what someone at Downtown Liverpool (DLIB) tells them? They have in my opinion, been instrumental in promoting the architectural crime to destroy the world heritage site since its outset.
Now big trouble has broken out as Dylan Harvey (who are supposed to own the site) stave off angry buy to let and home-makers wanting a flat, in the North West. Who are now sue-ing them for lost deposits. They are trying to switch investors to Mann Island to the bemusement of most, making further promises. How does this affect those investing in Mann Island who may have splashed cash for a off plan development. Is it safe? Steven Gerrard was at court yesterday a hundred yards from his new promotion/investment deal http://www.mannislanddevelopments.com/latest_signing.html
THIS IS ABSENT FROM THE DP BUSINESS PAGES........Surely they need to warn people that there is a risk investing here. All the signs are there. The property market is in free fall and how much are these flats losing every week. And also advise them that the apartments at Mann Island are next to a giant carbon monoxide chimney ventilating the Mersey Tunnel.
Another claim against Dylan Harvey, Manchester-based property developer and broker was launched by a third group of buy to let investors. The investors have spent £100,000 on
deposits for ten flats, which they fear might never be built, and that is they have hired solicitors from Manchester-based law firm Heatons LLP, who have issued proceedings on the investors’ behalf.
The proceedings are made against Dylan Harvey Residential Ltd., the developer who secured a planning permission for the Clippers Quay apartment project, located on Trafford Road in Salford Quays last May but has not yet started the construction.
Toby Whittaker, the managing director of Dylan Harvey Residential Ltd. Said that the credit crunch has hit the company real hard, it had its debts and bills to pay, so the company has no opportunity to pay the deposits back to investors. However, he added the company will be happy to switch investors’ deposits to other schemes.
The company acquired £6.5 million in deposits from the Clippers Quay apartment project (5% of the average asking price of £200,000 per apartment). All but 100 deposits have been transferred to other schemes, according to Whittaker.
He also claimed that the company is a joint venture with Manchester-based Ask (Ask Dylan Harvey Ltd), however there is no written record of the partnership. Ask said the Clippers Quay project is simply postponed due to unfavourable market conditions, but will be revisited when the situation improves.
There is also evidence that the investors might pursue Toby Whittaker personally, because they believe the situation is more a matter of principle than a matter of money.
Lawyers in n Manchester and Birmingham are preparing claims on behalf of 2 groups of depositors who seek to return a total of £7 million.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Now its catching on. Not happy with watching the Grade II* listed building on English Heretics "at risk" register, fall down now its St Andrews Church. The Heretics describe its condition as "very bad". The old Presbyterian Church on Rodney St now gets a shed on its heavy ballustraded attic. John Moores wanted to use this as a library and resource centre after it was on fire. John Moores were promising to make it structurally safe and give it a fresh vibrant use. Common sense one would think...no Ronnie Corbett at the waste full Liverpool Conservation (sic) Office wanted to store his garden tools and lawn mower on the top of it. So the whole scheme was kyboshed. Now at this precise moment there will be a load of shifty developers waiting for it to completely fall down while Chris Griffiths the pathetic waste of space masquerading as the buildings at risk officer pots his geraniums up there. It is a waste, an absolute waste. This building was designed and built by John Foster Jr in 1823.
Ogden Close Princes Park
Monday, 20 July 2009
Dear Mr Colquhoun,
You are correct in your understanding that planning permission has never been granted for a hotel at these premises. Indeed, there is absolutely no planning history relating to this application site. The existing hotel and consulting rooms must benefit from a long-established historic use, i.e. they have been in this use for a continuous 10-year period. Irrespective of this fact, the current application applies for all floor levels to be used for a total of 15 no. hotel bedrooms.I trust this is of assistance.Regards,
88 P.O. Box
Dale Street Liverpool
Tel: 0151 233 5628
Sent: 17 July 2009 13:14
To: Ridland, Chris
Subject: 27 Roscoe Street
no 27 Rodney street Roscoe house
09F/1307 Applicant Urban Chic. To continue to use additional rooms within the premises as hotel in association with the existing hotel.My understanding is that there may not be an existing planning permission for a hotelDo you know anything about a previous planning permission for a hotel and if so can you give me the application number and when it was passed
Wayne Colquhoun LPT
Friday, 17 July 2009
The redaction of information in this age only stifles the true picture of.... whatever subject it is applied to it is unacceptable.
So where do we go to for news that affects Liverpool these days. The local papers one would think. Maybe not.
The Manchester Evening News ran a article that is as pertinent to Liverpool as it is in Manchester. Not a sniff of it, that I could find in the Liverpool Daily Post and it needs to be thought about for more than four seconds so it certainly wont be in the Echo tonight.
PEEL Holdings have been granted permission to build a port at the end of the Manchester ship Canal that they own. This would generate 2,000 jobs. International trade is down and the economy is suffering but why would Peel feel so bullish in building a new port.
The reason that this is pertinent to Liverpool is that Liverpool City Council are great fans of Peel Holdings and have been working with them for years now. BLEATING ON ABOUT THEM. How wonderful they are to be investing in the LOCAL economy.
SO WHAT ABOUT LIVERPOOL'S PORTS? And how this new port will affect the people who are employed in Liverpool? Daily Post editor Mark Thomas was recently treated to a trip to Shanghai, I am not sure at whose expense, but this SHANGHAI EXPO 2010 is appearing to be a future showcase for Peel Holdings, AND IS CO-SPONSORED BY LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL. They all claim that Liverpool is to be the gateway to the country......but we are not producing goods to export at all, WE ARE LOSING OUR MANUFACTURING, we are importing from China NOT EXPORTING. ARE WE BEING SLOWLY PEELED? We will be keeping a eye on future developments and vested interests and we sincerely hope that it may be, in future, the local papers informing us in a truly balanced way and not the other way round, as to things that affect the very heart of our local economy.
In the coming years every job saved will be vital to Liverpool. Losing any at all will be a disaster.
Port plan could create 2,000 jobs
Neal keeling and Pamela Welsh pic courtesy Manchester Evening News
July 17, 2009
A VAST £400m port for cargo ships will be built in Salford.
Port Salford, which could create more than 2,000 jobs, won planning approval after a five-year fight against red tape.
A huge freight terminal will be built on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal at Barton, Eccles. Peel Holdings, which is behind the scheme, wants it to become one of the busiest ports in Britain. The old Salford docks were closed in 1982 after a decline in heavy industry. The M.E.N revealed the proposal in 2004 but it stalled after concerns from the Highways Agency.
Peel says it will cut congestion by providing an alternative to road haulage.
Modelled on Duisport, in Germany, the company says Port Salford would bring numerous benefits to the region, handling an estimated five per cent of Britain's container movements.
Peel's property director Mike Butterworth said: "We are thrilled that the plans have been approved. Port Salford will bring rail, road and short-sea shipping together in a unique development alongside the Manchester Ship Canal."
The site will be between Barton Bridge and Irlam.
It will be the only inland water-served distribution park in Britain. Port Salford will offer container ship berths and have the capacity to double the number of container trains that serve the two terminals in Trafford Park. The project would be able to receive 16 freight trains every day.
Peel says re-routing Trafford Park trains away from Manchester Piccadilly would remove most freight traffic through the Oxford Road/Piccadilly corridor, allowing for more passenger trains.
Mr Butterworth added: "The scheme is part of Ocean Gateway, Peel's proposed £50bn investment strategy for the north west region.
Opposition "Peel's vision is to establish the gateway as a key source of new jobs, inward investment and sustainable development together with environmental improvement.
"This scheme ticks all the right boxes, in terms of taking freight off the roads, reducing CO2 emissions, creating jobs, using a brownfield site and making a substantial contribution to the improvement of the highway infrastructure."
Coun Derek Antrobus, Salford's planning boss, said: "This development will boost the economy by up to £83m a year and create around 2,000 jobs. It also makes a significant contribution to improving regional transport and frees up capacity at Manchester's Piccadilly Station."
But opponents say it will make their lives a 'living hell'.
Susan Simpson, head of Barton Residents' Association, said: "Already people are struggling to sell their houses and there's going to be a hell of a lot of negative equity. People are going to struggle to get to the road and it's going to take forever to get out of Barton."
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Neil Scales the head of Misery travel, who cut the U534 U-Boat into five, and some say should be sectioned himself for a outragous and barbarous act, should be sacked for using public money to dump this trash on us. It was he who commissioned the god awful Ferry Terminal that turned Gerry Marsden to Seasick Steve and then come up with the idea for another Beatles museum because they had nothing to go in it.
Some people should not be let loose with more than 50 quid.
IS TOM MURPHY THE WORST SCULPTOR (sic) OF ALL TIME.
I think Murphy himself should be cast......headfirst into the nearest lake for this one.
Now all those people arriving from London at Lime Street staiton can see for themselves what the Plebs up north do with 200 grand. They waste it on a pair of garbage statues that any kid could have made a better job with, using plasticine and a lolly ice stick. Murphy is best friends with David Charters of the Daily Post so he has had far too much good press. Some sculptors make steel look like bronze, Murphy makes Bronze look like pig iron.
Please someone tell me these are not bronze and I have made a mistake and they are made of plastic padding and cost 100 quid and I will forgive him. I have sold a few sculptures in my time but these have the same copper finish on the prizes they give out in the Mecca bingo down Park lane...with names like y'know "Kid leaning on Lampost" and that sort of stuff.
Someone left a comment on a LPT post..."Do you have to knock everything". Well you try living here mate watching these embarrassing nightmares unfold and see how long it is before you get annoyed.
Doddy said at the opening "Discumknockerous missus"
He had the same problem as I did in identifying the material "Its all made of Iron so now we know where Sefton Park gates went" he said.
Going on to sum up the whole joke "Well one of the nicer things is it gives the pigeons a bit of focus they will be better once the hair goes white"
One of his famous quotes is "Everyone in Liverpool is a comedian, you have to be a comedian to live here". I don't know how he managed to keep a straight face.
It was bad enough enduring the comments from educated idiots about the John Lennnon Turkey Spud did at John Lennon Airport which looks like.... errr Ken Dodd with its head like a burst couch. Hang on did he get them mixed up I remember snarling it looks more like Ken Dodd than Jack Lemmon.
Now we have the nightmares on Lime Street.
Murphy cant even sculpt a fat tweed overcoat with a hat on it. Hey and whats that in Bessies hand..oh its a egg. Yes she is famous for getting the lion mark put on eggs ...oh what poetry, what artistic license..the man is a genius I wish I had thought of that.
I would like to take that iron tickling stick that looks like a Kebab in the hand of Ken Dodd and shove it somewhere, very hard so Murphy can never sculpt again.
I do not know how Professor Chucklebutty kept a straight face at least Fanny has whipped up her last Omelette's and cant see the mess that she is to be remembered by.
My opinion is Ken should take legal action he has been made to look like he had shot headfirst over the handlebars of his bike when he was a kid.
I cant stop laughing they are hilarious. Only the one person laughing louder than me is Spud Murphy .....laughing all the way to the bank with 200 grand of my public money now that reall would be Fanny. Only he has made a laughing stock out of all of those who let him get away with this shoddy workmanship that he should be ashamed of himself for making.
LIVERPOOL THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF BAD PUBLIC SCULPTURE. Hang your head in shame Mr Scales for your public art programme.
It is best if you leave what you dont know about alone.
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
http://www.peel.co.uk/ Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peel_Group
PEEL boss Robert Hough has now been named as the new chairman of the NWDA. Mr Hough’s appointment is the culmination of a career working for one of the region’s biggest companies, which owns Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport and the Trafford Centre. http://www.nwda.co.uk/who-we-are/the-board/robert-hough.aspx
Now the serious conflicts of interest begin. And the jockey-ing for position enters another chapter. http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2009/06/26/peel-holdings-to-sponsor-liverpool-s-presence-at-shanghai-world-expo-2010-92534-23985642/ Peel are sponsoring the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The NWDA has already pledged £1.25m for the Shanghai showcase, and Liverpool Council is also contributing £300,000.
Steven Broomhead, chief executive NWDA, said: “Peel’s involvement demonstrates that this is a truly regional opportunity, supported by Liverpool’s positioning at the Expo as the Gateway to the North West.
Cllr Warren Bradley, leader of Liverpool City Council, said: “The impact of Liverpool’s presence at World Expo 2010 will be felt beyond the city region, and Peel’s involvement clearly demonstrates the value this event will deliver to the whole of the North West.http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2007/07/27/300million-tower-planned-for-liverpool-64375-19528805/
IS THIS ALL BEING STITCHED TOGETHER BEFORE WE EVEN GET TO KNOW ABOUT IT. Will we the public be Shanghai-ed. What about the Eldonians their village is right on the edge of the next Dubai.
The NWDA is set up to assist the region in regeneration and as such they have unlimited powers in the marketplace to buy land assign land, just look what they did at the Pier Head funding the world heritage decimation,which was our cities best asset.
Bryan Gray the outgoing Chairman was a trustee of NML. Council leaders have been on the committee, I am sure if I am not mistaken that Louise Ellman was on the committee at one time as was Mike Storey. http://www.nwda.co.uk/who-we-are/the-board/robert-hough.aspx
So for Peel who own all the Liverpool docks and are proposing a massive development there, along with another on the Wirral in and around the world heritage site that looks like Dubai on speed. http://liverpoolwaters.co.uk/ This is a very convenient appointment for Peel.
http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/search?q=nwda NWDA Posts
The Daily Post put a really strange spin on it all glossing it over as if the editor is ignoring the fact that there is a conflict of interest saying that the NWDA is fighting for its future if a Tory Government get in, (Que) which is only deflecting the argument, WHY WOULD YOU CREATE A HYPOTHETICAL? Although it did mention a possible conflict of interests. Interviewing Hough they quoted. He said there would be no problem managing any conflict of interests.
“There are strict protocols dealing with conflict of interests, either non-participation [in discussions] or withdrawal [from meetings]. It’s something that is not peculiar to me.
“It’s something I am aware of and abide by meticulously – I don’t think it’s an issue.”
He is also a non-executive director of a number of other companies, including Provident Financial plc and Styles & Wood Group PLC.
SO THAT'S ALRIGHT THEN.
At the recent fact finding mission to Shanghai that Mark Thomas was present at he twittered. http://www.ldpeditor.merseyblogs.co.uk/2009/05/tweeting_from_shanghai.html. (Not sure who funded his trip as the Daily Post are usually a bit tight). I hope the DP are being objective about this whole situation and not getting PEELED and are not getting caught up with all THE PROMISES. They do have a duty to inform the public in a proper and correct manner and not let the vested interests steamroll through what they want. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/06/dlib-in-skip.html
Friday, 10 July 2009
I subsequently spoke to Helen Hunt after I phoned the news editor asking for someone a bit more experienced than the youngsters I had been speaking to. (Andy Kelly was on holiday) I was reporting the 33rd Unesco World Heritage committee meeting in Seville, a most important and pertinent piece of information that the public did not need hidden away from them by the city council. Unesco had stated that not enough was done to educate the public as to World Heritage Site principles. She asked me "Where exactly is the World Heritage Site" There is no hope really. The article and subsequent editorial was a mess. It seemed to be aimed at me in a personal manner.
There was then a sham debate done about Mann Island that was treated as a balanced argument. It was like putting a balanced argument for the Third Reich you get Bernie Eccleston and two other peoples opinions and you make it look like there is another side for something that is fundamentally wrong. Its like the editor has been got to and is under pressure. http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-life-features/liverpool-special-features/2009/06/24/jury-still-out-on-mann-island-blocks-92534-23960446/
It is alleged he is well and truly wrapped up by the legal threats of NML and is trying to unwind himself out of the situation by placating them with more and more publicity. It could be said that Fleming is working him like a puppet now, or at least it appears that way. Flemings wife or partner is Alison Hastings who is on the press complaints commission and is a trustee of the BBC. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/views/liverpool-columnists/rex-makin/2009/02/06/st-george-s-hall-s-famous-floor-should-be-free-for-all-100252-22867688/
IT IS POLITICS......AND HAS NO PLACE IN THE FUTURE LIVERPOOL. THIS HAS TO STOP. The local papers are far too "in" with big business in Liverpool. Seeming to sponsor it rather than keep an eye on it. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/06/dlib-in-skip.html
I have no respect for anyone who has allowed themselves to be manipulated or worse still not mitigated the problems. It would be simple, by having a architectural correspondent on the paper who knows what they are talking about. Reading the editors recent blog it is too painful to stand anymore and I would rather be banned from a piece of chip-paper than mix in the circles of uneducated and misinformed people....The Daily Post is on its way out anyhow.
This is the editors blog as he walked around the world heritage site with a blindfold on and a white stick.
Penguins, Superlambananas - and a stunning setting
Mersey Ferry Terminal
Museum of Liverpool
Posted by Mark Thomas on July 6, 2009 7:14 PM Permalink
Just back in the office after attending the launch of the Go Penguins event, Liverpool's next big public art project to follow on from the Go Superlambananas extravaganza last summer.It looks like it is going to be something special, and will be a big attraction to keep children entertained in the Christmas holidays.
To hear more from the artistic team behind it, check it out for yourself
It was a very enjoyable event, complete with live music, ice sculpture penguins, and a first glimpse of the penguins themselves, which schools and artists will be designing and painting in the next few months.The real treat though, was to have the excuse to walk down to the waterfront alongside the Three Graces for the first time in far too long, on a beautiful July evening.The event was staged in the new Mersey Ferry Terminal at the Pier Head, providing a sneak preview of a fantastic building with great views over the river. We also got the chance for an exclusive visit to the Beatles Story's new "4D" cinema, which opens later this month. I'm not going to give away too much, apart from saying It is a brilliant experience, and great fun. I suspect there will be long queues come the summer holidays.The new canal looked magnificent, and the new Museum of Liverpool building is simply breathtaking. I've lived and worked on Merseyside all my life, but this city still has the capacity to delight and surprise me, and take my breath away.I'm going home in a very good mood, tonight.
A STUNNING SETTING....IS HE SERIOUS ...THE PIER HEAD IS DESTROYED..... AND THIS IS WHAT WE GET FROM THE EDITOR OF A PAPER THAT A FEW PEOPLE STILL READ. http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/beauty-or-beast-new-liverpool-pier-head-ferry-terminal/5204487.article This is the most commented article on the Architects journal website. It is a debate about the new Ferry Terminal, that he thinks is a fantastic building. And he describes the new breathtaking museum...placation.
There seems no point anymore in messing around with people who cant see what is happening because they are too interested in allowing themselves to get to the sad stage where they consider that bad architecture is fantastic and the desecration of the world heritage site is a good thing. I BAN MYSELF..... STUFF YOUR PAPER, Mr Thomas.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Funding for the Museum has nothing to do with the "sale" of someone else’s land, and it is inaccurate and misleading to suggest anything else.
Joanna Rowlands, Director of Marketing and Communications
16 Nov 2004
Museum of Liverpool waterfront development takes a step forward
Proposals for a new Museum of Liverpool on the waterfront have takenástepátowards realisation. á
The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA)áhas announced £2.5 million towards project development costs for the Mann Island site, Liverpool, subject to match funding from Objective One.
The NWDA Board has endorsed the strategy to develop this key waterfront site as a major new visitor destination. The strategy proposes outline plans for the site which include the development of a new Museum of Liverpool, extension of the Leeds – Liverpool Canal, and public realm/ open space.
The funding will contribute to costs incurred in developing all aspects of the proposal for the site. A full appraisal of the proposal will be undertaken by May 2005 to ensure all key objectives and outputs can be met. Key considerations in the appraisal will be value for money and deliverability, alongside a full risk assessment of the project.
National Museums Liverpool willácontinue to work with all key partners – NWDA, Liverpool Vision, National Museums Liverpool, and Liverpool City Council on the development of the site proposals.
David McDonnell, Chairman of National Museums, Liverpool said:
“We are excited about the real prospects now for the development of the Mann Island site. The NWDA Board decision means that we can now work towards making a spectacular contribution to Liverpool's renaissance and the region's cultural and tourism economy.”
Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of the NWDA said:
“The decision by the public sector partners in July not to proceed with the Fourth Grace project provided an opportunity to take a fresh look at development options for the Mann Island site. Today’s announcement is an important step forward. The Agency is pleased to provide £2.5 million, subject to Objective One support, to allow proposals for the Mann Island site to be further developed. However, there is still a lot of work to do, the proposals must be able to prove beyond doubt that the project can be delivered on time and to budget, delivering a unique and inspiring visitor attraction with regional economic benefits.”
08 Jul 2005
£32.7 million pounds provided for Museum of Liverpool
The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) is pleased to announce approval of plans for the development of the Mann Island site, Liverpool, one of the most important sites on the waterfront and at the core of the World Heritage Site.
Following a full appraisal of the proposals put forward, the NWDA Board has endorsed plans for the site, which include a new Museum of Liverpool, extension of the Leeds – Liverpool Canal, a mixed-use development incorporating enclosed public realm areas and new open space around a canal basin.
Funding of £32.7 million will be provided to National Museums Liverpool for the development of the Museum of Liverpool, and a further £7.57 million for the canal link. The museum will provide a unique, world-class cultural facility within an architecturally striking building, while the canal comprises the construction of a new 2 km section from the central docks, across Pier Head to the Albert Dock and will provide a significant boost to existing visitor numbers.
NWDA funding is subject to government approval and support from other partners.
Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of the NWDA said:
“Mann Island is a key waterfront site, providing a gateway from the waterfront to the City centre. After a full appraisal of the proposals for the area, I am now confident that the site will become a major new world class visitor destination, contributing to the economic development and regeneration of Liverpool, Merseyside and the Northwest region as a whole.”
David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool said:
“This is an amazing boost for the city and the region and it signals take off for European Capital of Culture in 2008. We are delighted that NWDA have demonstrated such foresight in supporting the Museum of Liverpool and that they are confident that we can deliver a world-class visitor attraction as a legacy to 2008.”
Liverpool Vision Chief Executive, Jim Gill said:
“The creation of a new destination at Mann Island is an integral part of the overall strategy for the City Centre Waterfront.
We welcome the news that NWDA has approved its funding for the Museum of Liverpool and Canal projects.á It means we have the opportunity to bring forward a series of linked complementary attractions from Princes Dock to Kings Waterfront which will attract and inspire local people and visitors alike.”
Cllr Mike Storey, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said
“This is one of the most important sites, not just in Liverpool, but in the region. We are looking for a development in keeping with a World Heritage Site and one of the most well-known waterfronts the world. Today's decision moves that ambition forward significantly.”
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
From BD magazine
8 July, 2009
By Anna Winston
Danish practice 3XN has designed an eco friendly pavilion for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark.
The pavilion, built in the shape of a Möbius band, is part of the Green Architecture for the Future exhibition, and was inspired by the biological cycle of life.
It is built out of biodegradable bio-composite materials. The structure’s shell is formed of flax fibres set in a natural resin, while cork sheets replace the polystyrene foam that would usually make up the inner core.
It has a coating of nanoparticles which keep the surface of the pavilion clean, built-in sensors generate energy from the footstep of visitors, and flexible solar panels power LED light fittings, making the structure 100% self sufficient.
The project was built in four months and involved 20 different companies.
Kim Herforth Nielsen, principal of 3XN, said: “The pavilion has given us the opportunity to showcase the possibilities which exist in building with sustainable and intelligent materials.
“Our objective has been to show that green architecture can be dynamic and active. Instead of focusing on consuming the least amount of energy, we need to focus on producing and using energy and materials in a more intelligent way than is the case today.”
The pavilion will be open to the public as part of the museum’s exhibition until October.
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
And that was the edited version.
HIS COMMENTS WERE LEFT ON THE BD WEBSITE.
29 June, 2009
Reviewed by Wayne Colquhoun, chairman and spokesperson of the Liverpool Preservation Trust
Written in the euphoria of the opening of Liverpool One, a shopping centre that opened, ironically, just as we hit the worst retail recession for 80 years. All those moody shots of… shop fronts and escalators.
Liverpool One by David Littlefield.It says everything one would expect it to. It was funded and published by Grosvenor. It tells the story as they want it to be told.
But it fails to address questions like how much Grosvenor paid for the a third of Liverpool city centre. The people put out of business who lost their livelihoods don’t have a say, it just waxes lyrical, and it’s all from the developer’s point of view.
I am not sure who would buy such a book that at times is factually incorrect, especially the section about the Cesar Pelli monolith on Chavasse Park, in the World Heritage Site buffer zone, which was 12 storeys on the masterplan and increased to 17.
I had to navigate the city being dug up for years to get more choice for shirts, and now Grosvenor-pool has opened I still can’t find a decent one.
It praises the architects, the council, the duke, and the people who worked there. Anyone would think they had built Rome.
In reality it is not brilliant architecture. They knocked down The sixties Moat House and Steers House (two hated buildings) and built blocks in the same style, only 12 storeys higher. All the architectural critics have now had their say, but as the dust settles this is a book about a shopping centre, an open roofed Trafford Park in the City. Yippeee!
COMMENTS BY David Littlefield 3 July, 2009
As the author of the book, it's clearly not up to me to say whether it's any good or not. But (equally clearly) Mr Colquhoun doesn't like the Liverpool One development, which is entirely predictable, bearing in mind his role at the local preservation trust. However, his view of the book is jaundiced by his view of the development itself. Rather than waxing lyrical, the book contains some material that makes uncomfortable reading for Grosvenor, as the project didn't go entirely according to plan. Grosvenor has been honest about things which most private firms would not make public. Also, Grosvenor did not publish the book - Wiley did, and they are certainly not in the business of publishing the sort of puffery Mr Colquhoun suggests it is. As for the question of how much Grosvenor paid the city council for the site - the answer is in the book (it's a percentage of rental income). As for the Duke, he gets 2 or 3 brief mentions in a book of 40,000 words. Mr Colquhoun hasn't reviewed this book - he's used it as an opportunity to criticise the project itself. I would hope that most readers would find a far greater degree of objectivity in this book than he suggests.
He has been paid for it (by Grosvenor or the publishers) so he's alright I suppose. I just cant understand why anyone would want a book about a shopping centre.......and not a very good one at that. I have to say that I love modern design and all this critisizm about not being able to judge modernism is really silly. Bad or boring architecture is the same no matter what style or era it is. The secret is being able to see that and not be persuaded by a load of press pack tosh. Talking of which here is the Daily Ghost review.
WHAT ANNOYS ME IS THAT HE, BEING PAID BY GROSVENOR HAS PROPEGATED UNTRUTHS ABOUT THE CESAR PELLI BUILDING ON CHAVASSE PARK. Yes he says it is not universaly liked (a understatement). BUT HE WRONGLY CLAIMS THAT THE BUILDING WAS REDUCED FROM 20 TO 17. THIS IS RUBBISH. The building was 12 Storeys on the master plan and the greedy Grosvenor wacked the height up to 20 so they got 17. I know this because I was there at the planning meeting. This has now backfired on them. At the present moment in time 56 out of 346 flats are occupied. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/06/rod-holmes-came-in-my-shop-today.html
I was about to limber up to tackle the need to understand how we opened a retail therapy palace at the start of the worst recession for 80 years but I think a nice byline is the take on the subject by Correspondent who says it well.
Monday, 6 July 2009
This really was the last chance to record the views for posterity.
Patrick Moran did one of his passionate Cameos proclaiming “There is a magic architectural number of three a magic number in architecture terms, What is upsetting me is the space around the buildings is important as the buildings themselves and they are vandalising the skyline. They have stolen our skyline. To me this is the heart of Liverpool this is my Liverpool and when people come here they can see it’s a place that mattered” They cut my interview out because Pat looked like an old sea dog and we were really saying the same things But they filmed in the shop where I lined them up a group of neo-classical bronzes depicting our Three Graces and Ptolemy showed what happened in architectural terms when you mixed them with other styles.
“If you would not do this to your shelf at home he said why would you do it to your cherished views” he said
Ptolemy sat by the arch to the old Salthouse warehouse “the reason I am sitting drawing these views is firstly to celebrate the incredible collection that is the world heritage site and secondly before it is to be taken away”
Ptolemy mused as he drew “You get the sense of the sky and how massive these buildings are, the fact that this view is being taken away is a tragedy. Already the new museum has blocked a vital piece of the sky. The gaps are like the silence in a conversation that is the architectural composition. Its like sitting in a opera and a mobile phone goes off and suddenly the pause is broken and the silence is shattered”.
Friday, 3 July 2009
3 July, 2009 By India Wright
It appears that the idiotic and cranky looking Ferry Terminal is now attracting the attention of the national architectural media. Not sure if the previous blogs are anything to do with this but it certainly is the sort of headline that we warned the pathetic planners would happen. Incidentally the World Heritage Officer...yes we have one even though he has been a utter waste of time, said this was one of his favorite buildings and its all a matter of taste. Yes Mr Hinchliffe in my opinion you don't have any. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/03/world-heritage-waste-of-time.html
To then have the architects of the new museum 3XN criticizing the terminal for not blending in with the world heritage site is a bit rich. I think it fits with the museum perfectly, its just that they both ignored the fact that there are three classical pieces of architecture adjacent.
It was pulled apart by Private Eye before the planning application was at the planning committee. Oh and those clever members of the planning committee bringing all their architectural experience in to play and making a deliberated decision. Spivs-R-Us. You could write that, what the whole of the planning committee knew about architecture you could fit on the back of a postage stamp....in the top right hand corner. This is in Louise Ellmans constituency. So the whole weight of the architectural world can now have a laugh at us and Warren Bradley says Prince Charles is in admiration of what we have done.http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/07/milton-keynes-on-sea-we-are-rumbled.html
This is part of the biggest architectural disaster to my city since the Blitz of the Second World War. I am ashamed of what they have done to the World Heritage Site in the name of progress.
You build on your past not concrete over it.