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Old May 18th, 2011, 02:39 AM   #1
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PORTSMOUTH | The Blade | 101m | 33 fl | Prep

The Blade is the newest addition to Portsmouth's skyline. Standing at just over 100m, it will be the tallest building in the city, and the 2nd tallest structure after the 170m Spinnaker Tower. The building, being developed by the University of Portsmouth, will contain 598 student bedrooms, as well as a teaching facility for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. The building will have a lecture theatre and catering facilities for use by the local community. The tower stands on Anglesea Road, on the edge of Victoria Park, adjacent to the City Centre.
Opinions on the tower are divided, with English Heritage worrying about its impact on the nearby Guildhall, a Grade II listed structure. Concerns have been voiced about its height, bulk and the casting of shadows, particularly over Victoria Park. However, the building has been designed with this in mind, intended to cast minimal shadow on the park. Portsmouth Society backed the scheme, saying a tall building in this location would be "appropriate and exciting".
The project was approved at the end of April, and preparatory works have now begun.

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Old May 18th, 2011, 02:49 AM   #2
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Thanks for creating the thread superman, just subscribed. Just to add the architects are architectureplb;
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The site is circled to show its relation to the Spinnaker and Gunwharf;

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Old May 18th, 2011, 03:25 AM   #3
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Here's a picture I took from the air a few weeks back - it shows the location and size of the site.

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Thanks for those great aerial shots! It really provides some perspective of Portsmouth and it's potential.

As for the building, it's still growing on me, but I think it will be a dynamic addition to dynamic city.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 04:24 PM   #5
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I can't wait to watch this thing rising. Portsmouth has one of the best and most unique skylines in the EU for a non-major city and I will defend that statement to the end. Quality over Quantity. There isn't much there but the buildings are instantly recognisable and of world class standard.

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typical british understatement
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 02:40 PM   #7
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Lots of activity at the Blade today, a whole queue of trucks waiting to enter the site.
There were about 4 lined up when I arrived, and quite a few more came along as I was taking the pictures:











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Old May 23rd, 2011, 03:13 PM   #8
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I hope they remove those barriers in the middle of the road, insert a few tress in the central reservation and make it more pedestrian friendly

Also, thanks for the update
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Old May 24th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #9
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Very quick update from today - they appear to be taking down the hoarding around the Blade site and replacing the wooden fencing that keeps the hoarding stable (there were a couple of trucks from some fencing company, one of which you can see below). Not sure if they're planning to re-install the same hoarding afterwards, or replace the site barrier entirely. Didn't have time to stop for any length of time (was on my way to an exam!) but I got a picture:

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I love when a small city gets a large building like this,it changes the whole look of the city.Looking forward to it rising.
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Indeed, we have a few other talls aswell. One Gunwharf Quays (some places say 95m, others say 100m, I think it is the former) and The Spinnaker Tower at 170m.
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We have Cladding!

[IMG]http://i51.************/nb91lc.jpg[/IMG]

I thought I would pop by today and I was greeted with this little Beauty!
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Nice building for a modern harbour. I wanna live there and see all the boats comeing in.
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drove past the site yesterday and it was completely dead. there was just one bloke in a high viz jacket that i could see on site!

some site cabins have appeared since i last saw it but from what i saw i would suggest constructions work wont take place any time soon.
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Watkins Jones to start £30m Portsmouth Blade tower
Aaron Morby | Tue 14th June | 7:38

Construction group Watkins Jones starts work this week on a 33-storey landmark tower for Portsmouth University.

Portsmouth City Council last week gave its seal of approval to the student accommodation block dubbed the blade tower, which will be built on the site of the former Victoria Baths in the city centre.

The project designed by Architecture PLB consists of a main 108m high building with rooms for 600 students, and a second, smaller 4,600 sq m building to be shared by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies and the School of Education & Continuing Studies.

Test piling has been completed and Rock & Alluvium will start foundation work this week.

Watkins Jones’ specialist accommodation arm is handling the project and has signed up Stephenson Construction for the concrete frame.

All other packages are up for grabs including a steel frame portal for the smaller academic building.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...-blade-tower/?
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Well that told me! lol
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sometimes its nice to be proved wrong.
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108m?! That would make it the tallest student tower of the lot, beating Manchester's! Probably just a journalist's error, but it would be awesome if it was true.
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Check it out, looking v good.





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In response to Pfeuffer

It'll be a cracking addition to a asthetically pleasing skyline.

Portsmouth has alot of potential as discussed on the British forums. Lets hope it continues to thrive.

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