Thanks. Have they filled it in yet?
Thanks. Have they filled it in yet?
What a mess!!
The Door Bell
The voices in my head
DURING an archeological dig in and around Mann Island, a number of fantastic dis- coveries were made. Unearthed for the first time in living memory were the old sandstone walls of the lock that gave access to one of the dock systems from the Mersey. Even the old wooden lock gates were there for all to see.
It was a hidden gem, dating back to the 1700s when Liverpool was growing in size and importance from a small village to a formid- able world port. They built a view- ing platform so an inquisitive pub- lic could gaze at the wonders of an 18th-century feat of civil engineer- ing. It was filled in during the 1920s with rubble from the first Mersey tunnel.
Slap bang in the middle of a Unesco World Heritage Site, this maritime gem was revealed.
Someones having a go.......
In any other place, they would be leaping for joy, wondering how to dig deeper to uncover more of the old dock system, and then working out ways of turning into a tourist attraction. After all, World Heritage Status was granted because of Liverpool’s maritime history.
Soon the remains of this marvellous dock system will again be buried, this time forever. Small bits of it may be retained as a keepsake, or rather an apology for an act of civic stupidness. Most will be buried beneath what will be the new Museum of Liverpool.
Other places – Oh, and, yes, that includes Manchester – would celebrate the rediscovery and toast it as a star attraction. Plans would be revised to ensure it became a new addition to the Maritime Museum.
Back to the dock, it would be a perverse decision, in many ways, to now obliterate what's been uncovered in the name of building the very museum which is to meant to celebrate stuff like this...
Maybe it would be a money issue, maybe a time issue, maybe incorporation of the dock network would drastically compromise the design of the museum....whatever, we should be told at least...
So has it been filled in?!
The Museum of Liverpool Life (the white building part) was being demolished this morning.
Apr 17 2007
by Nick Coligan, Liverpool Echo
AN eight-tonne weight is to be dropped on to Liverpool’s collapsed ferry landing stage.
The landing stage collapsed more than a year ago after it was shattered by freak tides and has lain semi-submerged at the Pier Head ever since.
But work has started for a second time to remove the sunken structure, after a previous salvage operation was delayed because it was too complicated.
Owner Peel Ports has brought in a specialist firm to tidy up the written-off structure, which is still clearly visible from Liverpool’s World Heritage Site.
A spokesman said: “A variety of methods are being used to break up the sunken pontoon and recover the pieces to shore.
“A large crane will be used to drop an eight-tonne weight onto the stage structure to break it up.
“Other equipment, including a grab, will be used to pick up the pieces.”
Recovery work has been under way for just over three weeks, and is expected to take several weeks more to complete.
But the good news for long-suffering ferry passengers is that a new, temporary landing stage sould be in place before the end of the month.
Commuters will then be able to start boarding ferries to Wirral from the Pier Head again, although a date has not yet been set.
At the moment, they have to use the Isle of Man landing stage at Princes Dock.
The Peel Ports spokesman said: “Work has started at the north end of the sunken structure to create room for a skyline barge, which will act as a landing stage for Mersey Ferries.
“The barge is due to be positioned, along with a bridge linking the land with the barge, next week.
“Once the barge is in place, Mersey Ferries can start using it.”
Peel Ports, formerly Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, has come under fire from politicians and tourists for the state of the old landing stage, which still displays a sign saying “ticket holders only beyond this point”.
A spokesman for Mersey Ferries said: “We welcome the return to the Pier Head and will operate the ferries as soon as it has been certified safe to do so by Peel Ports.”
It was supposed to be removed by the end of August last year, but was still on view when record crowds converged on the Pier Head for last summer’s Mathew Street festival.
That'll make a helluva splash
That's a big through they're weeing into Gerard and is that Andy from Emmerdale on the left?
Who mentioned Louise
I jibbed Home and Away when she defected to the dales.
Doid you mean meat her?
Instant mini jaccuzi
This is the revised plan for the Pier Head, it has been posted on the hoardings around the canal site........
The building is nice. I would put more trees tho...and more grass, like large grassy terraces scaled on different levels towards the canal instead of the concrete plaza. God loves a land lover... thats my excuse and i'm sticking to it.
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Hi! I'm new to this forum, in fact it's the only forum I've been on...so just feeling my way. Don't know how to start a new thread without "replying" to someone first, but will try this anyway. I would like to hear from any members who are descendants of my great grandfather, Alberto Bioletti, as I am writing a biography about his life. I have a lot of material already, fand some family trees but always looking for more.
I noticed a Christine earlier on... if you get this message, please reply and maybe we could get together via e-mail sometime? Am I doing this right folks?
When you get to the index page
Click on one of the forums, then click on 'new thread'.
This will start a thread on your subject.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.
MERSEY Ferries is to be given a 125-year lease for the land to build its new £10m building at Liverpool’s Pier Head.
It comes as Merseytravel, the authority which runs Mersey Ferries, is also in negotiations to operate the new prestigious cruise liner facility which is due to open in September.
Last night, Merseytravel bosses said the granting of the lease was the final piece of the jig-saw before work on the new ferry building could start.
It is hoped work on the new facility will start later this month, with the scheduled opening next summer.
According to a report for Liverpool City Council’s executive board, Merseytravel will pay £30,000-a-year in rent for the site or 7% of the market rental of the property, whichever is higher.
The authority will be given a 12-month rent-free period to reflect the expected construction period.
Under the agreement, the council will rent an additional piece of land to the current site from Mersey Docks and Harbour Company.
The whole of the site will then be let to Merseytravel so that the new facilities can be repositioned.
A spokesman for Merseytravel said: “This is a good example of co-operation between partners.
“It shows that things are moving forward on the scheme.”
In March, Merseytravel was given permission to demolish its current building.
The new facility will have improved café and retail amenities, waiting areas, easy access to a new landing stage and a river viewing area.
The low-rise design, which has not met with favour in all quarters, has been developed to retain the spectacular view of the Three Graces from the river and the views of the river from Water Street and Brunswick Street.
The Daily Post revealed that one of the world’s biggest holiday operators, Thomson Cruises, is to base a luxury liner in Liverpool.
A record 30 cruises, carrying around 50,000 passengers, will start in Liverpool during 2008 to destinations such as the Amazon, Greenland and the Mediterranean.
Thomson is joining Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and Page and Moy and Saga, who are all stepping up their 2008 programmes from the Mersey.
Great that's the final piece of the jigsaw for that site.
These artwork panels are along the wooden fence, Canada Boulevard.