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    Default Liverpool's Worst New Buildings

    ..i.e. crap banged up in the past 15 years.
    Rated in terms of both lack of quality of design AND sensitivity of sight combined, otherwise I'd be typin this into the weekend...

    1. Formule 1 Hotel, Strand.
    The worst, most depressing cookie-cutter in the perhaps Liverpools most important site, The Strand. The worst of all for me.
    What would we have to do to get rid? Locusts? Loud music?

    2. McDonald's, Strand.
    Another slice of Slough Industrial Estate on Liverpool prime. I'd love to see a boycott.

    3. Dolby Hotel, Strand.
    Ditto.

    4. Halifax Building, Strand.
    Y'know this place is almost rendered respectable given the detritus which has joined it on the strip, but yes, another disaster for the waterfront.



    5. Housing Development on the Princes Half Tide Dock(?).
    Abysmal abysmal tat. Has to go. Send a battleship.

    6. LJM University Housing, Anglican Cathedral.
    Dating year-on-year cheaparse pastiche on potentally one of the most spectacular sites. Could have made the most wonderful piazza that space in fron of the Cathedral, even the terraces which stood before where 1000 times more becoming. This new-town sliproad crap has no place anywhere near our centre. The recently added arch of the said development merely bangs the final nail into what was incredibly important site.

    7. Youth Hostel, Strand.
    Did no-one point out to them they were pitching up on Liverpool's Waterfront rather than an empty plot just off Leigh?? So why were they alowed to stick up this generic milk-shed surronded by a soddin field???

    8. Lacy's Housing Block. Corner of Catherine and Huskisson St.
    Shed replacing a great church. Question: who got the bung?
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    In fact that's my question for all the decision made upon high to wreck the city with all the above. Who got the bungs?
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    Still holds today:

    Ian Nairn, Britain’s Changing Towns(1967)

    "The scale and resilience of the buildings and people (of Liverpool) is amazing - it is a world city, far more so than London or Manchester. It doesn’t feel like anywhere else in Lancashire: comparisons always end up overseas - Dublin, or Boston, or Hamburg. The city is tremendous, and so, right up to the First World War, were the abilities of the architects who built over it – the less said about the last forty years the better…… The centre is humane and convenient to walk around in, but never loses its scale. And, in spite of the bombings and the carelessness, it is still full of superb buildings. Fifty years ago it must have outdone anything in England."

    Note: "outdone anything in England", including London.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Teardrop Explodes View Post
    ..i.e. crap banged up in the past 15 years.
    Rated in terms of both lack of quality of design AND sensitivity of sight combined, otherwise I'd be typin this into the weekend...

    8. Lacy's Housing Block. Corner of Catherine and Huskisson St.
    Shed replacing a great church. Question: who got the bung?
    .................................................. ................................................
    In fact that's my question for all the decision made upon high to wreck the city with all the above. Who got the bungs?
    Your as hung up on that block of flats as I am - never could understand why it happened. There's plenty sh**e been built and your list covers some bad offenders but sometimes you ask what really went on here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorhemp View Post
    Your as hung up on that block of flats as I am - never could understand why it happened. There's plenty sh**e been built and your list covers some bad offenders but sometimes you ask what really went on here?
    Well it's supposedly a conservation area, part of the Georgian bit. You'd expect the management of dodgy applications from cowboy developers to be tightly drawn.

    I'm familiar with some of the characters who operate around the system and all I can say is that corruption's a part of this city on various levels.

    Hence my list.

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    I'm a corpy worker, I think I know what you mean...

    I love the buildings in that area at least St. Brides is looking spectacular with its night lights. In three years doing Photography at college on Hope st. I must have photographed most of it - pity not much survived a lot of home moves

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    ...used to live in St Bride's St. And the landlords were the t***ts who built the eyesore we're talkin about.

    Nuff said.

    Oh apart from the fact that they've got permission to develop a small unit opposite the Anglican flats.

    Yippee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorhemp View Post
    I'm a corpy worker, I think I know what you mean...

    I love the buildings in that area at least St. Brides is looking spectacular with its night lights. In three years doing Photography at college on Hope st. I must have photographed most of it - pity not much survived a lot of home moves
    I'd love to see your pics Mo'

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    I think I agree with all eight suggestions, especially the one on Huskisson Street and the dock housing (West Waterloo dockside isn't it?). There's a good book called 'It all came tumbling down' - think it's a late 80s publication, I'll find the author, but that shows some of the stuff that was ripped down post-war, and it's criminal!

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    It was Freddy O'connor, Liverpool taxi driver whose hobby was taking pics of buildings about to be demolished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
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    The beginning of the end for these? Hope so........
    Me too. This crap would not have been passed for construction on an industrial subdivision in North America. These were OK'd, I presume, by the Manchester based heritage gestapo and if so, why hasn't anyone taken them to task over the decision?

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    The Echo Building looks like a giant dairy milk bar with it being brown and having square window shapes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    The Echo Building looks like a giant dairy milk bar with it being brown and having square window shapes.
    This one Max?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    Yuk







    The beginning of the end for these? Hope so........
    Some idiot in Whitehall turned down a world class tower sited a long way from the WHS because it might be seen from the Albert Dock, which is enclosed anyhow. Right next door that trash was allowed to built along with a multi-floor car park and an out of place stadium.

    The mind boggles. The mind boggles.

    Look at the trash. It so badly designed the overflows are on the outside staining the walls. Proper plumbing systems don't need overflows for anything at all these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    This one Max?

    This is a fine building in many respects, except colour and finish. It is to be re-clad and added to, so maybe it will shine at last.
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