What sort of gradient are you predicting such a ramp would need? Or are we talking about a staggered San Francisco style ramp? Or how about one really long one the whole length of Collin Stret?I believe the scientists and engineers have this one covered with a new invention called... The Ramp.
Just like the one which is already there you mean? :angel:Or how about one really long one the whole length of Collin Stret?
I'm not sure I'm fully understanding what you're saying here - I get that you want shop frontages on Collin Street, but in order to have entrances to these at the same level as the mall they'd have to be stepped down (to entrances which would be below sight level)? Doesn't seem like a very desirable frontage.Yes, razing it all to the ground and starting again would have been by far the best solution but much more expensive.
Building some steps and moving the cinema entrance to provide animation onto Collin Street would surely have been possible within the existing budgets.
No, if you design level changes into the pedestrianisation of Collin Street, you don't need to build individual flights of stairs at a series of doorways. Instead, you integrate ramps, stairs and slopes into the design of the street.with the Berlin Wall converted in to a solid streetlength of stairs?
But isn't there stuff under Collin Street (Wilko?) which set the height where it is, certainly at the cinema corner but also running a good way back...?No, if you design level changes into the pedestrianisation of Collin Street, you don't need to build individual flights of stairs at a series of doorways. Instead, you integrate ramps, stairs and slopes into the design of the street.
To all the architects and engineers reading, I'm sure it's not as easy as that!Ah I think I get it now, thank you for persevering.
Yes you're right, that would be much better.
I'm pretty sure the situation is closer to -To all the architects and engineers reading, I'm sure it's not as easy as that!
But there must have been a solution where Intu and the city (who are putting up a third of the shopping centre development cost, remember, as well as bringing together the finance for Collin Street) got together and said "Can we make this better now we guarantee Collin St will get done? How can we remodel Collin St to help?"
Agreed. Unless the City Council were willing to run this project totally in house (which I simply can't imagine, unfortunately), the likelihood of a developer coming forward to quickly start work on demolition and transformation is pretty much nil.Probably one of the worst things to happen to us now would be Intu going bust.
You would have at least three/four/more years of delay, so four/five/more years before any new scheme was up and running, if any new scheme was ever up and running.