That's the idea of it he's the gayest person ever,he even lives in a pink house.Originally Posted by Max
That's the idea of it he's the gayest person ever,he even lives in a pink house.Originally Posted by Max
it suits the purpose .. a bit of bling or pizzaz whatever ya' wanna' call it - for a high class salon.Originally Posted by Max
Thoughts on the 'bus station'?
The Paradise pjoect makes it a pain to go through that area of town though. Especially Church street.
Bus stop looks modern but I cycle to town.
Gididi Gididi Goo.
No pain no gain I'm afraid.Originally Posted by Max
The people walk too slow though!
Could understand old people or disabled people but young people are slow as hell!
Gididi Gididi Goo.
AWWWW, but I want to see destruction!
Gididi Gididi Goo.
A couple of figures:
*700 construction workers are currently employed on Grosvenor's £920m Paradise Project.
*Over 70% of the Paradise project labour force has come from Merseyside.
IT'S all change at Liverpool's most famous hairdressing salon.
Herbert Howe has packed up his heated rollers and performed his last perm at the old Paradise Street parlour.
On Friday his will become the first business to open its doors in Liverpool One, Grosvenor's £900m transformation of Liverpool city centre.
At Herbert's bling bling-style new salon, the interior design is reputed to be as glamorous as the outside. continues....
I love it,it's great to see some real progress with this development and that building is fantastic.
It's great to see that part of the city comming together. But correct me if I am wrong, I was on hanover Street the other day and I am sure I saw them pulling the back of the Bluecoat down. It was the back of a brown brick, georgian type building. I was stood around the herbert Herbert building but I am unsure as to whether it was the Bluecoat or not?
Lastly, when all of this development is finished, will the Canning Place bus station be more central to everything than it is now? It is a raw subject in the city and many people seem to be avoiding it. I used it once and I said Never again!
ONE of Liverpool's biggest and most challenging engineering projects is due to get under way in just over a week's time.
It will affect the key city centre route of The Strand and involves the construction of the entrance to the 2,000-space underground car park being built as part of Grosvenor's Paradise Street development, known as Liverpool One.
The work will see two ramps being built into the centre of the busy carriageway.
They will begin at road level and slope down to a depth of seven metres, allowing cars to be fed into the lowest basement level of the car park.
Preparation work by Grosvenor's construction partner, Laing O'Rourke, will start on July 30 and be followed by the main tunnelling work towards the autumn.
Laing O'Rourke civil engineer Peter Jones said: "One of the main points of arrival to the Liverpool One development will be the car park that sits underneath what was Chavasse Park.
"Capita Symonds, the project's highways engineers, have designed the ramps, which will be positioned in what is currently the central reservation of The Strand.
"The ramps are an essential element of the traffic management solution on this arterial route.
"In the final scheme, cars will take a slip road to the right, into the central reserve area, to access the ramps down to the tunnels, allowing the through traffic on The Strand to keep flowing smoothly.
"One of the main challenges whilst constructing the ramps is to keep The Strand open to traffic. Our traffic management solution means that we have been able to sequence our works to keep this road flowing."
While work takes place, the southbound carriageway of The Strand will contraflow on to the old northbound carriageway, allowing two lanes to be kept open in both directions.
At the same time as this project - part of Liverpool's "Big Dig" programme - gets under way, other major work will also start on Hanover Street.
As revealed in the Daily Post, this will see Liverpool city centre's major route to the new Paradise Street bus station close for almost a year and a half.
A combination of work by Grosvenor, United Utilities and gas company National Grid will mean hundreds of buses a day having to be re-routed during the full shutdown of Hanover Street and virtually all of Ranelagh Street.
Cllr Peter Millea, Liverpool's executive member for regeneration, said: "Much of the work on Hanover Street is about United Utilities delivering necessary water mains improvements.
"But much of this activity is about regenerating the entire city and creating new opportunities for generations to come.
"The city's engineers and traffic experts are working closely with contractors, developers and United Utilities to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.
"In addition, work will be suspended during Mathew Street festival to ensure residents and visitors have their usual enjoyable weekend.
"What we are doing in Liverpool is unique in the UK in terms of the sheer scale of the development taking place in such a relatively short timescale.
"It is a massive and complex jobe."
THE construction site that will become the region's biggest department store has taken a step closer to completion.
Yesterday "evil spirits" were driven from the massive new John Lewis with a traditional topping-out ceremony on what will become the top floor of the store.
John Lewis is one of the anchor stores in the £920m Paradise Street project and when it opens it will be 40% bigger than its shop in Church Street.
It will open for business in 2008 during Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture.
The store will have five trading floors and unrivalled views of the city's landmarks and across the Mersey from the restaurant windows.
Margaret Jacques, managing director of the Liverpool store, said: "It is really quite emotional and I am very excited. I can't wait to get here now. I am really proud that we will be moving to a store like this. The staff are looking forward to coming here too."
The ceremony is a centuries-old tradition to mark the new building reaching its highest point and as a thank you to the people who have built it.
A computer-generated graphic shows the appearance of South John Street when the development is completed in 2008.
The infrastructure of the two-level parade of shops is well under way as contractors forge ahead on the showpiece development.
South John Street was previously off the beaten track, sandwiched between the old Chavasse Park and the rear of the now demolished Moat House Hotel and the old Paradise Street Bus station.
It was used as a short cut for people going to Lord Street from the Albert Dock.
In its new life, it will be a hectic area of shops and businesses, in a street with the new John Lewis store at one end, and Debenhams at the other.
With more than 55% of the retail properties already reserved in what is being marketed as the Liverpool One development, Grosvenor will have no trouble finding occupants for space in Europe's biggest retail development.
Visitors to the recent topping out parade on the roof of the John Lewis store had a bird's eye view of the new shopping street unfolding in front of them.
The Grosvenor Project is now more than half complete and is on target for opening during the first half of 2008 when Liverpool becomes European Capital of Culture.
The million square feet of extra retail and leisure space in the city centre is expected to attract thousands of new visitors to Liverpool, not only from across the North West, but farther afield, thanks to economy flights from Europe to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Grosvenor's project director, Rodney Holmes, said: "South John Street will provide exciting shops on two levels, a new heart for the city.
"Flanked at either end by the new John Lewis store and Debenhams, this two-level shopping street will create a very strong retail pitch, which will attract typical high street retailers.
"This will be the heart of the new shopping area, with two levels of shops at upper and lower levels, similar to what is seen in the city of Rotterdam. South John Street will become a very exciting space, with vertical movement linking it to the new Chavasse Park and the nearby leisure facilities."
Although open to fresh air and daylight, the canopies along South John Street will provide shelter from the elements."
City council leader, Cllr Warren Bradley, was impressed when he viewed the street's emerging new look.
He said: "The Paradise project is helping transform the heart of Liverpool which will make it one of the premier retail and leisure destinations not only in the UK but in Europe by the time we are Capital of Culture in 2008."
It's brilliant isn't it this area is going to be amazing when it's done.
Wow! That looks good !
The former home of BBC Radio Merseyside is being demolished as part of Liverpool's Paradise Project.
The radio station was housed in the building on Paradise Street from 1981 to 2006, before it moved to new premises on Hanover Street in July.
The move was prompted by a £920m project to redevelop the area between the Albert Dock and Paradise Street.
A Radio Merseyside competition winner will press the button which will start the demolition.
The project centres on a 42-acre site which will modernise the city centre on the former site of Chevasse Park.
Project leaders Grosvenor are creating new look streets, squares and public spaces, working with the protected historic buildings and existing shopping districts.
The BBC began broadcasting in Liverpool with 6LV, which began in 1924 in a studio above a cafe in Lord Street.
It was chosen to be the fourth of a network of relay stations created by the BBC.
Radio Merseyside was born in 1967 as one of a series of eight local stations set up in various parts of England.
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THE company building the £920m Paradise Street project has asked Liverpool council for more time to complete Europe's biggest retail development.
Developers Grosvenor last night said it would ensure the key retail area, including the anchor John Lewis and Debenhams stores, would still open in the first half of 2008.
But a last-minute hitch involving a partnership deal for two iconic buildings along The Strand will make it difficult for that part of the development to be finished by a January 4, 2009, deadline.
Last night, Grosvenor's project director Rodney Holmes, said the company intended to pull out all of the stops to complete all building work in 2008, when Liverpool celebrates being European Capital of Culture.
Under the original contract between the council and Grosvenor, the company is not legally obliged to open any of its development before 2009.
Following the award of the Culture title, Grosvenor decided it wanted to complete as much of the scheme as possible in the first half of 2008. The alternative would be for a huge hoarding to encircle the entire site as the celebrations took place.
As part of the contract, a crucial document which gives Grosvenor a lease covering the development site is due to be released by the council a year after the completion of the work.
Delicate negotiations are now taking place for that lease to be granted earlier, linked to the completion of the main retail core of the scheme.
Cllr Peter Millea, the city council's executive member for regeneration, said senior councillors and town hall officials, supported Grosvenor's request.
But he admitted there was some resistance to extending the time for completion of the two buildings on The Strand. It is understood the opposition is coming from consultants working on the legalities of the scheme.
Said Cllr Millea: "We are supportive, but there may be a few people who need convincing."
Riverside MP Louise Ellman said: "The Grosvenor scheme is crucial for Liverpool and if there are any hiccups at all I am willing to do everything I can to help.
Nothing must get in the way of this project."
It is understood that Grosvenor's main board, as well as the main financial backers for the scheme, view the earlier release of the lease as a reward for the race to finish the main core of the scheme in time.
One source close to the issue told the Daily Post: "To people in Liverpool, the completion of the Paradise Street scheme in time for the Culture year is seen as
critical. But the financial parties in London take a view that the development will be here for 250 years, so why will an extra year's construction work make any difference? The view is that a slight variation in the original contract will act as a quid pro quo , making it beneficial for both sides."
Grosvenor was seeking a development partner for two iconic buildings along Strand Street, one of them designed by celebrated architect Cesar Pelli.
One is a four-star hotel, the other apartments. Just two weeks ago, talks with a potential partner collapsed. It has left Grosvenor to carry out the scheme on its own.
Planning permission has yet to be granted, with issues raised by heritage bodies to be overcome.
Grosvenor's Rodney Holmes said even so the exteriors of the buildings would still be finished by the end of 2008, but more time would be needed to fit them out.
That will take the scheme beyond the current deadline.
Mr Holmes said: "Everyone agrees we are doing our best to finish the majority of the scheme in time for 2008. I am confident the council and Grosvenor will reach a satisfactory agreement over the proposal we have made. The next few days will be critical in this matter."
Sewerage relocation work in the Hanover Street and Paradise Street areas, and the need to construct underground flood relief chambers, have added to an already heavy construction programme.
Grosvenor calls for 'Plan B' to provide speedy access to city centre
EXECUTIVES at Grosvenor have asked Liverpool City Council if it has a "Plan B" for its delayed proposals to widen Hall Lane.
Following the collapse of the Merseytram scheme, Grosvenor sees the widened Edge Lane corridor as a key access route to the enlarged Liverpool city centre.
The council has put crucial plans to widen Hall Lane on hold to allow plans to be drawn up for a new Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Prescot Street.
Grosvenor project director Rodney Holmes said: "The Hall Lane improvement is vital as part of the M62 route into Liverpool city centre. There has to be a Plan B in place."
City council regeneration member, Cllr Peter Millea, said government financial support for the Hall Lane relief work would remain in place for two years.
The council is awaiting details of a master plan from the board of the Royal Liverpool around January for the new hospital.
"The council believes that a major quality hospital is important for the people of the city. If the hospital plans do not proceed, we will continue with our original plan for Hall Lane.
"If the hospital goes ahead with its scheme, we will have to devise a new route for the road scheme. We are working with the hospital to make sure there is a Plan B."
Having to re-route the Hall Lane relief road could mean a delay of up to two years in a new route being completed. It will depend on whether the land needed is in public ownership.
A spokesman for the RLUH confirmed plans for the hospital are expected early in 2007.