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View Poll Results: Best at the mo.
Birmingham 149 29.22%
Glasgow 11 2.16%
Leeds 43 8.43%
Liverpool 201 39.41%
Manchester 77 15.10%
Other (please state) 29 5.69%
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Old July 30th, 2006, 11:03 PM   #1
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Best Present Skyline

So none of this Future stuff, which British city (outside of London!) Has the best Skyline
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Old July 30th, 2006, 11:45 PM   #2
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Currently we have no competition

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Old July 30th, 2006, 11:46 PM   #3
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At the risk of being classed as a 'homer' I too don't think anything is currently competing with Brum.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 12:06 AM   #4
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Doesn't this thread already exist but as 'current' skyline instead of 'present'... Personally, Birmingham has a good skyline. But then again, Liverpool is well composed along the waterfront and it works well, and Leeds' topography makes the skyline very imposing, despite most buildings until recently at -20 storeys. Manchester has a good arrangement but its not that extensive like Birmingham, and the land doesn't help it at all- there are few places to view it from without going out of the way- ie actually getting out of the car, unlike in Leeds where the view is unavoidable on the M621/M1. Don't know about Birmingham or Liverpool, but when I have been to both cities (only once mind, and only covered parts of the cities), I didn't get a full skyline view anywhere. I suppose Birkenhead... The same applies to Glasgow- not an amazing skyline- amazing city, but doesn't have the skyline its worthy of. Commie blocks =/
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Old July 31st, 2006, 12:27 AM   #5
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Was gonna vote Leeds just 'cos I know these threads are really about where you live. But to be fair, there is only one winner (at the moment). Shame on the Brummy forumer who started this!

It's like the big kid who's at least 2 years older than you offering you and any one of your mates out. Just not fair. Lovely pic tho. In my opinion, that is THE ONLY skyline outside of London worthy of a postcard. It looks like "A City" in the american, rather than York, sense.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 12:36 AM   #6
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At present it can only be Birmingham. Manchester is fighting hard for #2 spot but Birmingham has the height and number of towers (most of which are fairly ugly)
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Old July 31st, 2006, 12:42 AM   #7
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Recent pano of Liverpool Waterfront.


Alexander tower U/C to the far left, and Beetham West U/C with yellow core form.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 12:58 AM   #8
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Recent pano of Liverpool Waterfront.


Alexander tower U/C to the far left, and Beetham West U/C with yellow core form.
What's that big brown thing in the middle? In all honesty I read a lot on this forum about the Liverpool skyline and the three Graces and all that but it's all a bit underwhelming to me. Sorry.....
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Old July 31st, 2006, 01:01 AM   #9
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Nice mix in the L'pool pic. 2nd place for me.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 06:57 PM   #10
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Manchester has the taller towers so looks more impressive from certain angles, this is only a small part of the skyline, there is a 107m tower missing (sunley) and loads of midrise not in shot.Liverpool is also begining to look impressive from the river with Beetham no2 rising and tight cluster forming.Birmingham still as the edge in density but does that mean its the best?Liverpool for me.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 09:31 PM   #11
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Being a brummie I have to stick up for Birmingham but I also stick up for it because of the density. Also, some buildings actually look smaller than they actually are in that picture such as the BT Tower which is nestled behind all the other buildings. Personally I think the Birmingham skyline picture is a cracking shot and actually makes it look a hell of a lot better than I thought it was.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 11:01 PM   #12
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We dont do badly for a city of only 400,000 people

Also, 2 towers which will both be taller than anything on the skyline are due to be built. One later this year, and the other is a little more distant...
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Old July 31st, 2006, 11:12 PM   #13
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Liverpool.
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Old August 1st, 2006, 12:54 AM   #14
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Quote:
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What's that big brown thing in the middle? In all honesty I read a lot on this forum about the Liverpool skyline and the three Graces and all that but it's all a bit underwhelming to me. Sorry.....
The brown building is a bit ugly and could do with a makeover "City Tower (73m)" I think it is called. This shows only 1/3 of the city riverfront, to the North is the Central Docks, which Peel Holdings are going to redevelop, and to the South, The Albert Dock and the new Kings Dock Arena site is being developed.


There are a number of tall proposals going on in and around the photo shown above, and if all come to fruition, you will be pleasantly gobsmacked.

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Old August 1st, 2006, 01:11 AM   #15
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birmingham has the volume but most of the buildings are ugly and forgetable.

liverpool has the advantage of a waterfront, the three graces but the skyline is very 1 dimensional, there should be much more in the background

manchester has 4 tall towers spread across a great distance but not much else

the vote goes to birmingham
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Old August 1st, 2006, 10:18 AM   #16
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Perhaps not the winner, but worth a look nonetheless.

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Old August 1st, 2006, 11:59 AM   #17
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Sheffield:

City Centre at night



The booming West Bar area:

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Old August 1st, 2006, 12:20 PM   #18
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Our Yorkshire friends are coming along nicely Very dense!
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Old August 1st, 2006, 08:28 PM   #19
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Liverpool's is by far the best skyline.

You have the two cathedrals, the three graces, the albert dock, Beetham, soon beetham west and alexandra tower, city lofts, unity, st johns tower and hopefully a few more talls. It has a mixture of old and new buildings so for me Liverpool by far. Am not biased

sorry about beetham west and alexandra didnt see the post about future buildings
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Old August 1st, 2006, 09:06 PM   #20
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Considering that we can compare Birmingham's skyline to Pendelton in Salford, I am not going to just this on towers.



I think Liverpool has the best skyline so far by a mile. When it is fronted by the waterfront only, though.
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