Eddy Rhead's Comments
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The English Heritage statement is baffling. They are correct that St Peter's Square was envisaged as a grand civic space but that was a plan devised back in the 1930's and it included a large City Hall building - a public amenity. To use a unrealised idea from 80 years ago to justify a decision is just bonkers. Beside that - this isnt creating a civic space and 'realising that ambition'. This is just another unnecessary commercial development and i think English Heritage, MCC and Simpson really dont understand what is meant by 'civic space'. I also fail to see what 'public benefits' there are to yet another commercial development in a city which has acres of unlet office space - much of it just yards from St Peters Square.
Have the private tenants perhaps thought about building a high wall between themselves and the social housing aka 'the proles' so they dont have to look at their tasteless alterations? Perhaps one of the many resident architects could design the wall. A very tasteful wall. Obviously.
Last week my city, Manchester, announced huge cuts to vital services across all aspects of council departments. By coincidence they are having to make £80m of cuts. But i suppose London is getting *another* new swanky museum for us all to enjoy eh? So that makes it all alright. I stand by my thoughtless thoughts as much now as i did a year ago. If you dont mind - can i have my 1p back please?
Water features? Always *such* a good idea.
Is there really any point having a system of listing anymore when there is no organisation that enforces it and when councils treat the system with such contempt? Our local councils are inhabited by people who have no understanding of architecture, architectural history or town planning but make very important decisions on those very things. We saw it recently with decisions in Manchester relating to the Grade II* Lutyens Cenotaph, The Grade II* Library and Town hall extension, the depressing situation regarding Preston Bus Station and now this. I fear we are entering a new dark age of municipal vandalism.
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The greatest of them all.
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Are we seeing a 'Premier League' situation developing where some firms (based in the south of England) are getting lots of work and making big profits where smaller firms outside the capital (im thinking of MBLA for example) are struggling and going to the wall? I dont claim to have any answers - its just an observation.
Very sad. MBLA have made Manchester a better place with architecture that was humane and always done with flair. One of the best (if not the best) practise in Manchester.
A deeply flawed 'idea' from top to bottom. Always was - always will be.
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Did anyone think to ask Stephen Hodder his opinion?
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Slum landlords across the land must be rubbing their hands with glee.
‘We take the preservation of the city’s heritage incredibly seriously and no decision is taken without extreme care.' With all respect to Cllr Battle - this is the council that is planning to move the Grade II* listed Cenotaph by Lutyens to make way for a tram track, wants to destroy the space between the Grade II* listed Library and Town Hall extension by gating it off and has been responsible for the continuing neglect of the Grade II* Unitarian Chapel by Charles Barry. Manchester City Council make take decisions with extreme care but they are rarely the correct ones when it comes to our city's heritage.
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Owen is our leader.
Someone should get this listed and be quick about it.
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If the lovely watercolours above are to believed all the extra trams that will be coming through the square have been magically removed and the assorted (over engineered) infrastructure that will clutter up the square seems to fade into the background too. The extra trams are coming through the square because the much more logical second city crossing down Deansgate was rejected. Another distasteful by product is the moving of the Cenotaph - but that argument is seemingly ignored and lost and one must move on. Leaving that aside, it is worrying news that a plan to cover over Library Walk seems to have reared its ugly head again. Despite being aesthetically crass - Library Walk is one of the most enchanting and thrilling vistas in the city - there is wider implication regarding the insidious privatisation of public space and the prospect this lovely public space will become commercialised and ultimately have restricted access. This isnt place making - its undemocratic and autocratic and totally unnecessary.