I thought Barcelona was made up of huge swathes of derlict looking apartment blocks, graffitti and mess with a few (nice) touristy bits.
The Ramblas was an absolute dump of shoddy looking bars and restaurants and gaudy neon displays.
Manchester, albeit much smaller, pisses all over Barcelona for street culture, cleanliness and atmosphere.
People view foreign places with rose tinted spectacles.
I am not bigging up Manchester: been to plenty of stunning places like Prague, Salzburg, Seattle, San Fran etc...all of which are great.
For me Barcelona is a dump with some strange international reputation for being high-class.
Funny, the first thing I noticed was how dirty it was! Looked to me like it had been done up for the Olympics in 92 and hadn't been touched since.Barcelona was the cleanest city i have ever been to. there always seemed to be someone sweeping the streets
http://www.builderandengineer.co.uk/news/general/piccadilly-tower-tallest-in-europe-787.htmlPiccadilly Tower Tallest In Europe
Thursday, 27th September 2007
Construction work on what will be Europe’s tallest residential skyscraper will start in January, it has been announced.
The 60-storey Piccadilly tower will be built next to Piccadilly train station in Manchester.
It will include 420 apartments in phase one. The second development phase will see a further 267 residential units added as well as a 220 bedroom luxury hotel. A 700 car capacity underground car park will also be built.
The tower is now under the direction of property development and investment group Ballymore, which acquired a 95% interest in the project from Merepak.
Ballymore is one of Europe's largest property developers and investors. Its most significant interests are in the UK, Ireland and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
The project has been designed by Woods Bagot architects.
no, I thought this so I checked on the inacitytower website. The number of apartments in phase 2 (267) matches the total planned for the smaller 2 towers.Am I right in surmising that the tall building will not happen till phase 2 (i.e. the Western end of the site)?
thanks - that sounds good newsno, I thought this so I checked on the inacitytower website. The number of apartments in phase 2 (267) matches the total planned for the smaller 2 towers.
Presumably by syainging they are building the hotel in phase 2 means that because they don't yet have a hotel operator for the lower section of the tower they are going to crack on with full focus on the aprtments, potentially leaving the bottom section empty.
However I'm sure they will get one before the tower is complete, maybe before the car park and foundations are done and start work on it then.
My guess is 2-2.5 yearsCannot wait for this bad boy to start rising. It's going to look HUGE! How long will construction take? 18months? Wasn't the core at Beetham rising by two floors a week. That would be 30 weeks, with 10 weeks prep work and 25/40 finishing- i'm plucking figures out of the air now, but that would be mid '09 completion :nuts:
When done all you lads that kept faith and kept the cheese curdling- I reckon you're all due at least one 'I told you so!' each.