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Old June 24th, 2006, 12:47 PM   #41
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The Dome is such an amazing piece of architecture. It's a real shame the British public are so cynical they couldn't support it as an example of how amazing British architects are.
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Old June 24th, 2006, 01:01 PM   #42
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I agree, I love the dome, and it will be really amazing in time for the olympics.
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Old June 24th, 2006, 09:42 PM   #43
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I really like the Dome but there is a lot of critiscism and people are sceptical of it because of the fiasco involved in running it during 2001. However I know alot of people who actually like the dome from an architectural viewpoint - I certainly do. And I think people will change their minds more after the conversion.
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Old June 24th, 2006, 10:24 PM   #44
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aI am so glad to hear people say all this about the dome....as always, because of politics, money and the press, it became an objectof ridicule instead of being ( I think) the biggest dome ever built and something to be proud of....a real shame. We dont know how lucky we are in this country.
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Old June 25th, 2006, 12:53 AM   #45
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The Dome will be a fantastic asset to the city when it's completed (again) next year. The plans for the O2 Arena sounds absolutely fantastic!
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Old June 25th, 2006, 05:26 PM   #46
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I really like the dome too. I hope its renovation will suit our needs better.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 12:36 PM   #47
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I emailed the developers about woodwharf asking whats going on- they said they will be consulting the public in the later part of the year & hope to have a planning application with a rogers masterplan in early 2007. So the timeframe has slipped by about 6mths
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Old June 28th, 2006, 12:43 PM   #48
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Looking forward to seeing the Rogers masterplan!

I hope we get something as good as- if not better than the grand arch in Paris.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 03:11 PM   #49
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The Dome is such an amazing piece of architecture. It's a real shame the British public are so cynical they couldn't support it as an example of how amazing British architects are.

I'm not aware of anyone criticising it architecturally.

It's criticised rightly as a waste of money and an ultimately flawed project. It's been largely unused since 2001 and costs a fortune to keep it from falling into disrepair.

As a structure/building it's impressive and fantastic. Worth £750 million though? I don't think so.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 03:17 PM   #50
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I agree with mrout. The dome is a great design but ultimately to cost a lot of money and what was inside the dome for the public during 2000 was absolute tosh.

Its potential has been wasted for years now. Did'nt it host Miss World a few years ago...if it did, says it all really!
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Old June 28th, 2006, 05:15 PM   #51
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Think about all the churches and the palaces built in the centuries gone by. At the time, that money could probably have been spent better on other things, like proper housing, sanitation etc. Was St Pauls good value for money at the time? Yet, these are the monuments we admire today. The commercial sector, for obvious economic reasons, is less of a generator of great monuments. The dome, now it has found its proper destiny will also be a monument for future generations. The problem was the poor execution with a lot of politicians involved. Anyway, I am very glad the dome is there and I do not regret the money spent on it because if it was not the dome, the money would probably have been spent on something worse (like a £20 bio NHS super-computer) ...
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Old June 28th, 2006, 06:30 PM   #52
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I emailed the developers about woodwharf asking whats going on- they said they will be consulting the public in the later part of the year & hope to have a planning application with a rogers masterplan in early 2007. So the timeframe has slipped by about 6mths
Does it mean they will submit pa for Wood Wharf East (residential) and Wood Wharf West (commercial) at the same time in early 2007 instead of phasing out the pa (stage 1: residential, stage 2: commercial). Sounds good.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 07:30 PM   #53
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when you say "rogers" are we saying Richard Rogers? if so was that earlier wood wharf plan really his, bit bland for him.
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Old October 25th, 2006, 07:39 PM   #54
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It sounds the signature element - the arch - will be replaced by a tower. The redevelopment may be closer to this with an additional tower also opposite to 20 CP (green roof in the background):

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Old October 25th, 2006, 10:08 PM   #55
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tbh, i thought the signature 'arch' tower building was a bit tacky, like something you would find in La Defence or Dubai. Lets hope for some quality, tall towers as replacement, the big blue tower below looks around 180 - 200m.
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Old October 25th, 2006, 10:15 PM   #56
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Hard to tell much from that, where did you find that jef???
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Old October 25th, 2006, 10:34 PM   #57
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yeah i agree rickster, get rid of the stupid arch, and get some talls in there. to the point of when its getting built i read that ballymore are requesting in early 2007. plus dont ballymore have the power to decide when to build it without canary wharf? im sure i read that ballymore only need to consult the wharf on this because its so close and they need to work together, if you see what i mean?
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Old October 25th, 2006, 11:18 PM   #58
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What in God's name are you talking about? I'd hardly call the Grande Arche "tacky"... you might like to know it was voted the 2nd best midrise in the world -
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=319255

This was our chance to finally have something different and quirky in the Docklands. Now we're just going to be stuck with a load of boring unimaginative slabs like everything else in the area.
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Old October 25th, 2006, 11:22 PM   #59
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Sad to see the arch go tbh. Although, admitidlly, it was a little reminiscent of La Defence, seeing something similar there would have been great!

As Fox above me said, just having "slabs" in it's place restricts the human imagination to think outside the box, pun intended.
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Old October 25th, 2006, 11:36 PM   #60
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What the hell has happened to Wood Wharf? God talk about dumbing down.

I suppose it was to be expected now with Canary Wharf onboard. Eugh.
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