December 26th, 2005, 06:08 PM
Seeing as 2006 is fast approaching I wondered if you'd all like a debate over what was the best newly completed/under construction building of the year. Maybe also what you're favorite piece of news or proposed buildings of the year were. I did the same thing on projects/construction but I thought seeing as how much is going on in Manchester I could do it here.
To start with, my favourite building under construction has to be Beetham, closely followed by GN. I think the best piece of news was the announcement and approval of Eastgate.
December 26th, 2005, 06:11 PM
The fact that the boom will probably go on for another 10 years because of all the high rise buildings proposed.
December 26th, 2005, 07:07 PM
Probably the impact that Beetham has made, news of even bigger with Eastgate.. The suprise that is GNT and I suppose to a lesser extent, Sarah tower and City Tower.. Also a mention to the CIS, which is now looking fab, life really does start at 40 ;)
I really await 2006 as it is clear that this was just the warm up..
December 26th, 2005, 07:23 PM
Towers that started in 2005:
- Jefferson Place (21 floors)
- Milennium/Erie Tower (22 floors)
- Citylofts Tower (20 floors)
- Sarah Tower (22 floors)
- Tempus Tower (20 floors)
- Skyline Central (20 floors)
- Pall Mall Tower (20 floors)
Plus Vie, Rosetti 2, The Bayley, XQ7, 3 Hardman.
Larger projects that started in 2005:
Projects that progressed in 2005:
Central Spine (4 towers)
Middlewood Locks (3-4 towers)
Eastgate (approved March)
Crown (approved May)
Harbour City (4 towers proposed)
A very good year.
December 26th, 2005, 09:06 PM
A very nice round up of the year there Caw, but the real dilema is what your favourites are? ;)
December 28th, 2005, 03:37 PM
My Case For - The Best Under Construction Building of The Year - The CJC.
It’s a complete one off - I've not seen any other building resembling this style in the UK before. The architecture is daring with it’s stepped design and colourful panelling- giving it a slightly dysfunctional look - especially considering the purpose of which it is intended for. The scale is magnificent and imposing and the location is great - even the angle it is being built at says look I’m different from everything else around here. I know Beetham in terms of stature is far greater and will probably get all the limelight when completed but Beetham says look how tall I am - CJC simply says - look at me. The gauntlet has been thrown down.
December 28th, 2005, 03:46 PM
My highlight of the year happened very recently:
Some form of construction begins on Greengate site ;)
December 28th, 2005, 08:53 PM
My highlight of the year is realizing Beetham will far exceed my expectations in terms of height and quality, when we get that final reveal the cladding will look beautiful :drool:
December 28th, 2005, 11:49 PM
My highlight has been watching Shudehill transport interchange go up, and realising two things: first, that public architecture (even a transport interchange, for crying out loud!) can be worthy, and second, that unlike all of these überbuildings going up everywhere, I will actually use this, and it might make a small difference to my life.
Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed watching Beetham and others go up, but it will be some time before I get the chance to sit inside them and pick my nose (roll on '06!).