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Old March 16th, 2009, 08:24 PM   #201
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I hope you will qualify that to some extent. The ruined post-war medieval cities of Germany and Poland were restored immidiately afterwards and they had beautiful cities (whilst updating them with underground car parks in the town square, very clever) we have the ugliest cities outside the old soviet union, precisely because we did not immidiately repair and restore our heritage. I agree revival now is pointless, but immidiate revival is not.

I'm not going to qualify it - it's pointless rebuilding something that was demolished 200+ years ago, which is when Coventry lost most of its surviving city fortifications - in fact the city wall was demolished 400+ years ago, with some gates surviving until the 18th and 19th centuries,. It's nothing to do with rebuilding after the war. A number of Coventry's surviving gems were in fact rebuilt (Ford's hospital & the Guild Hall).
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Old March 16th, 2009, 08:44 PM   #202
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Looks like I stand alone then! I think that the construction of timber framed buildings and a possible reconstruction of the city gate are excellent ideas. For me it's not about creating a tacky theme park feeling; it's about putting tried and tested quality buildings back into the city centre and putting them into use. It's also about social history - putting back some of the architecture once very typical to Coventry back into the city centre.
How exactly can a fake city fortification be "put into use"? Unless we're going to start a war with Leicester.

And how can you say timber framed buildings were "tried and tested" in terms of quality when most of them ended up being bricked up and the timber frames warped so much it gave them, well, the "quaint" thing that people like. They were peasant buildings - the rich built in brick & stone. The poor build in wood and cowshit. Or are you just saying you like the black and white criss-cross patterns in old buildings?

PCPT have some very interesting stuff where they don't aim to recreate, but just respect the fact that a timber frame has survived and incorporate it into a modern space. This is what good conservation should do, not wrap it in aspic and try to rebuild it as it was.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 09:24 PM   #203
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Have a good look at this website. There is plenty of information on the plans for FGS. Make sure you look at each of the 'areas' of work i.e. commercial, mixed use, conservation, residential etc.

http://www.pcptarchitects.co.uk/index.html
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Far better than the current view of yards and service areas... Although I hope they plan to build something a bit better than what they show on other renderings!
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Old March 17th, 2009, 04:29 PM   #204
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Where on that plan is the rounded end hotel proposed?
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Where on that plan is the rounded end hotel proposed?
The three white blocks on the LHS of the image.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 04:56 PM   #206
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Old March 18th, 2009, 11:39 PM   #208
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 08:16 PM   #209
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Work on the timber framed buildings next to the Hand & Heart pub has begun.

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Old April 3rd, 2009, 08:32 PM   #210
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That is going to look so good when it's finished... IMHO, FGS could look fab if it was all done up.
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If anyone wants to move into the Hand & Hart then click on http://www.coopersestateagents.com/ and click on Lettings. Picture taken from the site.

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If anyone wants to move into the Hand & Hart then click on http://www.coopersestateagents.com/ and click on Lettings. Picture taken from the site.

Forgive my cynicism but the sign there is for a sandwich bar, they've missed out the word 'Kebab' from the sign.
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Forgive my cynicism but the sign there is for a sandwich bar, they've missed out the word 'Kebab' from the sign.
And the flashing 'halal' sign.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 02:46 PM   #214
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Cor, you're all so negative!

What about the big splodges of vomit and grease outside?

PS: I hope it doesn't end up like this.
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Well on FGS they seem to be able to ruin most things. That new shop front which was all nicely done out in wood recently, looked great plain. They've gone and put sign writing on it and it looks just as tacky as it did before.
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Although I must say that the new "supermarket" looks good, shame about the vinyls on the windows but I can live with that.
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Old May 7th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #217
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Gosford Arms looking good.

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That is looking nice. What is it these days?
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That is looking nice. What is it these days?
Still a pub.
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Still a pub.
Favourite pub of mine when City played at Highfield Road. Looks like they've done a nice job. The inside was never too bad to be honest, decent wooden floors etc.

Due to its size, it hasn't really got much scope to be anything more than a pub.
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