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Old October 26th, 2008, 11:40 PM   #61
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Old October 27th, 2008, 02:37 AM   #62
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'Kinell, concrete's going up now (odd order tho?). Cheers feltip.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 03:34 AM   #63
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yeah i though that. Why wouldn't they have built the whole steelwork first?
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Old October 27th, 2008, 12:06 PM   #64
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I am guessing the steelwork is lower down a) for speed and b) to allow the ground floor to be remodelled in future (office, bar, restaurant, retail) whereas the upper floors can be concrete panels as they will always be hotel rooms.

There is also the glass - they might have full-height or a large amount of glazing on the ground floor but normal windows higher up.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 01:11 PM   #65
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That's probably absolutely literally bang on there Bio!! Ask a question on here and you get an answer that no councillor / politician could ever match!
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Old October 27th, 2008, 11:51 PM   #66
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Courtesy of my mate up there in brum...



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Old October 28th, 2008, 02:48 PM   #67
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Cheers ILC and mate! I wonder if the Etap on Bristol St is the only hotel that decided to drop in the room capsules as built units, because that was so quick and weird to see, rather than the traditional wall partitions being built here.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 07:05 PM   #68
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A similar thing was done with nite nite and the bathrooms in the radison were factory made pods
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Old November 1st, 2008, 07:30 PM   #69
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like this and think it wil vastly improve a quite depressing and crappy bit of the city centre (ish)
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 01:30 AM   #70
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Maybe mildy improve the area. There's still an awful lot that needs to be sorted around it, especially the office block over the road that's got window blinds hanging out of open windows every time I've been past.
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I guess this is an area which should see some general improvement over the coming years, what with improvements to the Hurst Street area, New Street Station and Park Central all nearby and in the pipeline. Just need to make sure the general standard of development is good and not just reflecting what's already there!
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 04:50 PM   #72
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I still think that this hotel will vastly improve the area and hopefully be a spur for further development/regeneration. agreed office block is awfull, nothing a bit of explosive wouldnt put right
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 11:07 AM   #73
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do we know when this one is due to be complete.

it will be interesting to see what effect this has on the regenaeration of the area, esp with all the proposals for the land behind it (its name escapes me) and this rumours 17 storey building due in the area, esp in this climate!
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I still think that this hotel will vastly improve the area and hopefully be a spur for further development/regeneration. agreed office block is awfull, nothing a bit of explosive wouldnt put right
I like that office block, the coloured spandrels are very retro I would like to see it refurbished to its former glory rather than demolished. I don't think the hotel will do an awful lot for the area, it'll just take your eye off the dull and barren surroundings.
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I still think that this hotel will vastly improve the area and hopefully be a spur for further development/regeneration. agreed office block is awfull, nothing a bit of explosive wouldnt put right
Indeed, let's hope this will be the first of many improvements to Holloway Head. Everthing starts somewhere, so, here's hoping.

depeche - you share my love of explosives, muchacho! As opposed to everyone else, I want to see an end to The Sentinels (tower blocks @ HH). Let's formulate a plan !!!

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I like that office block, the coloured spandrels are very retro I would like to see it refurbished to its former glory rather than demolished. I don't think the hotel will do an awful lot for the area, it'll just take your eye off the dull and barren surroundings.
I have a certain fondness for that office block, and it could be brought back into use.

The rest of the area needs to go though, perhaps with the exception of the offices that face on to St Thomas'.
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Old November 4th, 2008, 01:29 AM   #77
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For a budget hotel on a shitty street i have always been pretty impressed with this.

The effect will certainly take the eye off the shit arround here. The visual effect of this building will at one stroke stop this area looking like compete baren hell that it is between Holloway head and the Peace Garden. First new building along this street should open it up for rejeneration and so have a very positive effect on the land values. Hotel trade means business visitors too.
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Old November 6th, 2008, 05:56 PM   #78
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I still don't like the metal panels on the top 2 floors but at least they don't face on to the street.

Not bad for a cheap building though.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 04:46 PM   #79
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It's almost identical to the one in West London on the A40 - at least there's some colour involved, which brightens up the area. I still think Etap should have some horizontal coloured bands going through between the windows to make it stand out a bit.
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etap is jsut wrong
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