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View Poll Results: Noo Yoik in Old Yorkshire?
10 10 17.86%
9 10 17.86%
8 11 19.64%
7 4 7.14%
6 3 5.36%
5 7 12.50%
4 3 5.36%
3 3 5.36%
2 2 3.57%
1 3 5.36%
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Old January 5th, 2006, 05:04 AM   #1
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Briggate Tower, Leeds

A skyscraper proposed for Briggate in Leeds, March 1938.






An earlier design




And it's 1938 context.

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Old January 5th, 2006, 10:55 PM   #2
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If it was built, it would be shit today. A big concrete mess 3/10
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Old January 6th, 2006, 06:34 PM   #3
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^ Yep I imagine so too. What would the materials have been?
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Old January 6th, 2006, 11:51 PM   #4
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I dont like the look of it. 6.5/10
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Old January 7th, 2006, 12:49 AM   #5
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Art deco! wow, lovely - How tall was it going to be?

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Old January 7th, 2006, 11:53 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kids in the riot
Art deco! wow, lovely - How tall was it going to be?

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I don't know details unfortunately, it was a chance find on a council database, but you can get an idea of how tall if you consider the models of diuble-decker trams/buses in the first image.
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Old January 7th, 2006, 05:20 PM   #7
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I gave it a 5, erally because of the location. The tower isn't the bad, would get a 7 or 8 but I wouldn't want to see it on Briggate. Well maybe New Briggate but not the historic stretch of Briggate. It would look good on the Headrow though...
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Old January 8th, 2006, 08:59 PM   #8
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a big
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:24 AM   #9
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What's the difference?

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Old January 10th, 2006, 02:47 PM   #10
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Why would it nessacerally look shit today? We don't even know what materials would have been used.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 06:05 PM   #11
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8/10 i think it looks pretty good, who says it would have been built out of concrete? More likely stone. It's a real shame that there are few tall builings (office or residential) built before WWII in this country, the closest thing we have is Senate House in Bloomsbury, London, 64m and 19 floors.

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Old January 22nd, 2006, 10:37 AM   #12
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"This poll will close on January 12th, 2006 at 04:06 AM"


Why did you specify that the poll options be closed so early?

Please recreate this thread...
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 02:30 PM   #13
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Poll reopened.
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Old February 7th, 2006, 11:12 PM   #14
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8.5
I used to lived in Leeds for a while (and liked it) and this typifies the sort of butch chunky architecture they have over there. If the detail matched the local vernacular (and was made out of white stone) I think this would make a great building in Leeds.

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Old February 10th, 2006, 01:11 AM   #15
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it's rather nice 8/10
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Old April 9th, 2006, 02:05 PM   #16
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Looks like an old Metropolis, would have been an absolute stunner, and look even better now.
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Old April 9th, 2006, 03:23 PM   #17
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These buildings would be alright if there were a few close by.. I think had it been built in isolation, it wouldn't be as impressive.. still, it is a bit basic.
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Old August 14th, 2006, 05:31 PM   #18
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I think this would have been brilliant, and possibly spurred on other developments around the area.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 07:00 PM   #19
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Old September 1st, 2006, 04:50 PM   #20
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di livio's spot on - it is a bit empire state-y - it would have been a proper bowl you over sight to have had that in 1930's leeds. 8/10...
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