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Old September 25th, 2005, 11:32 PM   #61
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They're even better since they were done up mez. I'll see if I can find another picture. Ah. Here we go:


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Old September 26th, 2005, 02:11 AM   #62
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[QUOTE=Farsight]jrb and jongey: I like some of the original Victorian stuff. There's some beautiful, ornate, gorgeous buildings. But the above ain't one of them. It's a plain cheap brick box, the shed of its day.

Let's aim to keep the best of yesteryear, not all of it.

I'm in your corner on this one Farsight. I was brought up surrounded by cotton mills, paper mills, satanic mills all belching out smog-producing, lung-clogging pollution. There's nothing remotely 'romantic' or 'quaint' about these evil edifices. If they could talk they would tell you their true history, a history that isn't taught (with any credibility) in the schools of Britain. They would tell you of a slavery that included young children and their mams and dads working 16 hour days to (barely) make ends meet only to go home to their hovels which were also owned by the mill-owners.
Most of these hideous-looking blights on the landscape have thankfully been razed, but in the interest of historical reminders we have to retain some of them. There are some that are so well-built (ie with glazed or Accrington Red brick) they should be spared the wrecking-ball, whether they're converted into apartments or museums is of no consequence to me.
They are haunted and you wouldn't get me in one for bobbins...... .....
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Old September 26th, 2005, 04:07 PM   #63
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Think we'll all have to disagree on this one......!

Of course, it's good that many mills have been razed, but others should be retained.

To me, these buildings are just a big part of our history, even if much of Gtr Manchester was built on child labour, 16 hour days and absolute abject poverty. Many other old cities were too.

Some of them should stay, as a reminder of the fact that this was the world's first industrial city (and an extremely nasty one at that). Getting rid of everything would be like trying to re-write history (to me).
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Old September 26th, 2005, 07:17 PM   #64
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Well said Sir Miles Platting. I couldn't agree more.

I wouldn't want to get rid of everything, Jongey. And Sir Miles Platting said that too. It's just a matter of getting the balance right.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 08:54 PM   #65
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There certainly is a lot of it, isn't there. Where I come from looks like a fuckin hole in parts. I make my observations from an old mill on Mossley Rd in Ashton-u-Lyne which had very recently been converted into apartments.......looks really good.

Shame I can't get a pic of it.......
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Old September 28th, 2005, 08:01 PM   #66
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pic from this morning

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Old October 15th, 2005, 02:12 PM   #67
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Pics of the IVLA store

Here are some pictures from the Town Centre Securities website for the new IVLA store:






Cluxton Construction have been awarded the contract for a new 240 spaces multi storey car park at Piccadilly Basin. This will be completed in time for Christmas 2005 and will contain the latest design and technology to be found in modern car parking with safety and design at the core.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 01:11 PM   #68
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The basin this morning... Why do my bastard pictures all come out so dark?
Yes I know it was early!

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Old October 16th, 2005, 01:27 PM   #69
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The basin this morning... Why do my bastard pictures all come out so dark?
Yes I know it was early!
That's probably it, and also at this time of the year, the sun doesn't get high up in the sky. They are quite atmospheric though, keep up the good work
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Old October 16th, 2005, 01:29 PM   #70
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Thanks for your updates Pookey. Issa Quay is taking for ever, it's been u/c for months and months and they're still on the 3rd floor!
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Old October 21st, 2005, 12:46 AM   #71
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For those who have not seen the site! Must admit I haven't!

Went past the new ILVA store today, cladding, greenish glass and light brown panels, very nice! Doesn't stand out at all!

http://www.issaquay.co.uk/
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Old October 27th, 2005, 08:43 PM   #72
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Taken today!

Don't worry about the ILVA store! It looks great! Lots of green tinted glass, the cladding is a choclate brown coloured stone, with silver panels! Quality!

Issa is coming along slowly and BDP contractors are now on site!








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Old October 27th, 2005, 09:40 PM   #73
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They can clad the IVLA in solid marble for all I care, its still a completely inappropriate building for this site and in design terms offers nothing to the surrounding area, most of all the hugely important Great Ancoats Street or the canal frontage.

Contractors on the BDP site? Are you sure? Good news if so.

Issa Quay crawling along at a snails pace, I see. Come on!!
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Old October 27th, 2005, 09:54 PM   #74
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by the way the ISIS tower over the way from the ILVA store site has a pile driver on site. behind the hoardings showing the tower.
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Old October 27th, 2005, 11:48 PM   #75
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Maghull, a Liverpool based property developer is behind the refurb of the yellow building(smashed windows) and Manchesters version of the three Graces!

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Old October 27th, 2005, 11:55 PM   #76
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About time that got done up. I quite like that building but it looks a total tip at the moment.
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Old October 28th, 2005, 01:29 AM   #77
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I like the look of this. Is this the ILVA store? Normally I don't care much for low buildings but IMHO this looks well elegant. And it's good to have some low buildings next to a waterside location to let in light and get the sun glinting off the water.

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Old October 28th, 2005, 02:36 AM   #78
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Well good

I can't say I've heard of this before, but it seems to be very well done (or as Farsight would say "well elegant")
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Old October 28th, 2005, 01:09 PM   #79
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[QUOTE=SleepyOne]They can clad the IVLA in solid marble for all I care, its still a completely inappropriate building for this site and in design terms offers nothing to the surrounding area, most of all the hugely important Great Ancoats Street or the canal frontage.[QUOTE]

Absolutely right
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Old November 11th, 2005, 09:08 PM   #80
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Issa 'bloody snails pace' Quay.
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