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    Quote Originally Posted by johnmed View Post
    Not surprising is it tho?!

    Fancy a parkland walk with the family or a flat above some Anthrax??? Yes please.
    But maybe just the once ???

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    The shower in power etc etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnmed View Post
    Not surprising is it tho?!

    Fancy a parkland walk with the family or a flat above some Anthrax??? Yes please.
    Nothing to worry about - they will be futuristic luxury apartments built on stilts and they won't be having gardens, so it can't be in the least bit dangerous! At the time of the Festival Gardens there was a methane gas recovery plant constantly in operation, but that was a long time ago and most of the two million tons of rubbish will have completely broken down harmlessly by now... Won't it?

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    Isn't the methane plant still running?

    And I've no idea about the safety, not my forte. Can't be good tho, eh?

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    A lot of the infill was removed to other places during the development for the IGF.
    One of the conditions prior to building apartments, was for a survey to be carried out. The site was declared to be 'safe' and City Quay built.

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    For an update on more recent developers' plans for tower block apartments, residents' campaigns, compromises over provision of new parkland area, 'lost' archives, and general political chicanery, see:

    http://www.ourground.net/

    and

    http://www.riversidedrive.org.uk/index.php?frontpage

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    The methane plant is still going,so,any future tenants will have to be non-smokers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnmed View Post
    Isn't the methane plant still running?

    And I've no idea about the safety, not my forte. Can't be good tho, eh?
    I believe that was switched off years ago - so it must be safe... mustn't it??? But maybe someone knows different...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marky View Post
    A lot of the infill was removed to other places during the development for the IGF.
    One of the conditions prior to building apartments, was for a survey to be carried out. The site was declared to be 'safe' and City Quay built.
    City Quay area perhaps, but I was referring to the larger area running up towards Otterspool, which is about to be developed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marky View Post
    Re: Herculaneum Dock
    There were rumours for years, that part of the infill contained Anthrax. This was also reported in the Liverpool Echo a couple of times.
    I can only find this article via Google:
    New Scientist 20 October 1983
    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=b...nthrax&f=false
    Expect Al Queda to start bulk buying those flats soon.

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    I didn't realise that not all the festival site was reclaimed land, some of it rose up over what was the Dingle fields.

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    Some great phots on the Liverpool Echo site, showing all the work going on... the Japanese garden looks fab so far

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liver...0252-26560693/

    I'm horrified by this though

    Mr Swift said: “We found one guy, with his kids, holding an axe and having a go at chopping a pavilion down.

    “We stopped a few people in the act as well making a few attempts at burning the pavilion down.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Fanatic View Post
    Anyone else managed to get any more photos of the current restoration work?

    I keep meaning to get down there and take a few piccies myself
    I took these photos 10 days ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/3145027...th/4692564101/

    Click Show Info button at top right hand side for details on each photo.

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    Great selection empeebee thanks. I haven't read through all of this thread but presumbably the intention is to reopen the site to the public again?
    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."... ... ... Mark Twain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazza View Post
    Great selection empeebee thanks. I haven't read through all of this thread but presumbably the intention is to reopen the site to the public again?
    As I understand it, the interest of the developers was to create a congenial environment for residents rather than the general public, but concessions have been fought for and won, and the refurbished gardens - which will only be a part of the original site - will be a public park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by empeebee View Post
    As I understand it, the interest of the developers was to create a congenial environment for residents rather than the general public, but concessions have been fought for and won, and the refurbished gardens - which will only be a part of the original site - will be a public park.
    The part of the Festival Gardens that is being revamped is actually rather less than half of the original area. Many of the original features are too far gone to rescue and hardly any of the pavilions remain. The exception is the Oriental Garden, where the quality of materials and workmanship - brought in from Shanghai, I think - have allowed them to survive, despite attempts at vandalism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by empeebee View Post
    I took these photos 10 days ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/3145027...th/4692564101/

    Click Show Info button at top right hand side for details on each photo.
    How did you manage that? I thought the Echo had been granted exclusive access? Their pics look a lot tidier too - yet were taken around the same time? How could this be?

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    Looking at the lake without water,made me look for one with! (Trees looking pretty sparse though) And I wonder what happened to the S.S. Typhoo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Looking at the lake without water,made me look for one with! (Trees looking pretty sparse though) And I wonder what happened to the S.S. Typhoo?
    I had forgotten all about that! Tea from the Orient, via Birmingham probably, but not part of the Oriental Gardens as such...

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    Maybe they work for the Echo...


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    The footpath, that follows the Southern perimeter fence is to be closed for a few months (this leads from Priory wood to the promenade).
    Last edited by marky; 09-25-2010 at 07:01 PM. Reason: put Northern instead of Southern

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    Quote Originally Posted by marky View Post
    The footpath, that follows the Northern perimeter fence is to be closed for a few months (this leads from Priory wood to the promenade).
    So, it's back to those holes in the fencing for many people, I suppose...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil V View Post
    The part of the Festival Gardens that is being revamped is actually rather less than half of the original area. Many of the original features are too far gone to rescue and hardly any of the pavilions remain. The exception is the Oriental Garden, where the quality of materials and workmanship - brought in from Shanghai, I think - have allowed them to survive, despite attempts at vandalism.
    It would have been nice to have seen the Festival site restored for the 700-year celebration of the city's founding as well as the European Year of Culture. Ah, well. . .
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    Langtree have finally launched their website for the development

    http://www.festivalgardens.com/

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    Some good photos too on there!

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    Thats great, many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerTheCat View Post
    Langtree have finally launched their website for the development

    http://www.festivalgardens.com/
    Nice one Ginger.

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    Some demolition has taken place at the Northern-end of the site. The elevated walkways and train station near the dragon-slide have gone. I also never noticed the tubular-wall with the wooden 'moon gate', although mounds of earth may be covering it.

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    More progress photos on the official site now too

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    I used to work in the HO of an Office Licence Company who sponsored the Vine Garden in the Festival. One weekend we had a pressing of the grapes - great fun - on the site. The grape juice and water started to ferment in the bottles and a couple exploded. A warning had to be put out by the Echo and BBC.

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