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    Default The Demise Of Concourse House

    Finally we are seeing the demolition of this infamous Lime Street 'landmark'...

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    I was sitting on the bus the other day going past the building when a couple of ladies behind me were discussing the building. One used to work there and remembered it being a 'sick building syndrome' and was hated by the workers.

    The contractors have certainly had their money's worth when it's come to the time frame of dropping the building - we needed the late Fred Dibnah to come along, saw a couple of legs off and drop it in his usual perfect manner!

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    Ah excellent! Finally that horrid concrete monstrosity is gone! Here's hoping that whatever is to take its place is a sight better than that!

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    Passed there today - there's about five floors to go. An ugly building, which really was a blot, along with those grotty shops that have now gone too. I can't wait to see the finished product. I seem to remember that when the shops and tower was built, there was a lot of opposition, because the building would block off the view of Lime Street Station's facade. Does anyone know when this was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by burkhilly View Post
    Passed there today - there's about five floors to go. An ugly building, which really was a blot, along with those grotty shops that have now gone too. I can't wait to see the finished product. I seem to remember that when the shops and tower was built, there was a lot of opposition, because the building would block off the view of Lime Street Station's facade. Does anyone know when this was?

    Was it around 1969 - 70?

    Was Concourse House ever fully let in its existance?

    Always appeared to have "To Let" signs up?

    Should it have been built?

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    Pics uploaded on my site below showing it and St. John's beacon newly completed (post war b&w page) and almost down (buildings page)

    Come and gone in half a generation. So much for 60s planners then.
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    I for one am sorry to see it knocked down.






























    Had my heart set on it being blown up, LOL.
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    Default no it's gone :(

    i'm sad to see this unique building go it had a completely sound structure and a lot of potential eg major refurb money has been wasted pulling it down to replace with nothing waste of a good building!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andymccabe13 View Post
    i'm sad to see this unique building go it had a completely sound structure and a lot of potential eg major refurb money has been wasted pulling it down to replace with nothing waste of a good building!
    It was a nicely designed and well proportioned building. The widows protruded giving a nice effect. I like it. It was just shabby that all, with an awful aspect a street level. All that could have easily been rectified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Pics uploaded on my site below showing it and St. John's beacon newly completed (post war b&w page) and almost down (buildings page)

    Come and gone in half a generation. So much for 60s planners then.
    And here it is being built in 1967/8. This is from the 'Liverpool City Centre Plan, Progress & Strategy Report 1968'. St Johns Precinct is also under construction in the foreground.


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    A colour pic of that taken by Peter Leeson then on the town planning is in his new book.
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    The architect for this building was richard seifert, and in my opinion was a brilliant design, as pointed out just a bit shabby due to lack of maintenance. It was even surveyed and told there was nothing wrong with the building and complied with all modern day health & safety issues, there was also a campaign to save it but didn't succeed. As usual the council take the easiest option by demolishing it....terrible!

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    Another Peter Leeson shot. He actually left the architects planning dept disgusted at the policies of demolishing old buildings and made the film 'us and them' as a protest about the people of Scottie Road against the town planners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post

    Going,going nearly gone 1600hours tuesday
    Fine photograph, Joe. Not just because it shows the demise of Concourse House but because of the atmospheric shots of the other Liverpool landmarks beyond it.

    Good work.

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    Who gets the land ? And if they build what goes there? I would like to see a giant statue of Maggie May who they say will never walk down that street any more
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    Who gets the land ? And if they build what goes there? I would like to see a giant statue of Maggie May who they say will never walk down that street any more
    She could be gazing lavisciously down the street toward the famed statue of Liverpool Resurgent. . . . Say no more.
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    Who gets the land ? And if they build what goes there? I would like to see a giant statue of Maggie May who they say will never walk down that street any more
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    Quote Originally Posted by ayjaykay View Post

    What's that tall building to the left of this photo, above the roof of the station?

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    Not sure but looks like it'd be something on London Road?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Not sure but looks like it'd be something on London Road?

    I think its the one on the corner of Norton St (Left hand corner).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayjaykay View Post
    What's that tall building to the left of this photo, above the roof of the station?
    It looks like rail house behind the odeon

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