New Development at the Millennium Bridge

New Development at the Millennium Bridge

Postby GregF » Tue May 20, 2003 9:02 am

Now that it's nearing completion, is'nt that new development at the Millennium Bridge an apt little infill complex which looks very fitting on the quayside.
The one that was in the news months ago when a banner was hung by the developer (who resembles Rick Parfitt from Status Quo) proclaiming us to vote no to Nice and no to American terrorism.
The once ramshackle brick facade of a building that once stood there has now been repointed and looks very well with it's adjoining mini tower which will frame a walkway into Abbey Street.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue May 20, 2003 9:06 am

I beg to differ - its a horrendous little development, the archway over the pedestrian way where it meets Liffey Street is reminiscent of the worst of the apartment complexes around town. Look at the side of the retained facade, see how poorly it meets the new facades....
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Postby Zap » Tue May 20, 2003 9:19 am

Its all about taste I guess - I think it looks quite good.
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Postby d_d_dallas » Tue May 20, 2003 10:51 am

The large white cement pump tower was there for so long it's become engrained into my mind as part of the development! Was probably the most interesting part...


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Postby urbanisto » Tue May 20, 2003 12:25 pm

On first impressions (and I didnt get the detailed look you obviously did Paul) I thought they were pretty okay. Im not so sure about that monolithic development behind it though. Its all seems a bit bland and boxy and Docklands to me.

I wonder why no-one has every gone for the prestige riverfacing facade on any of these quay side development. They all look like the could be on any street. Is it a result of the poor use we make of our quays - ie semi-motorways!
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Postby GrahamH » Tue May 20, 2003 8:05 pm

I remember thinking one part was excellent, and one part awful, only I can't remember what either of them are!
Although I do recall the repointing on on the building Greg mentions & it looks really well.
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Postby GregF » Mon May 26, 2003 9:49 am

I had a closer look at this complex and I see how they have treated the old facade which is bloody awful. They left the bottom windows and ground floor of the facade hollow and it fits awkwardly up against the new addition. Why they did this is unexplainable.
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Postby LOB » Mon May 26, 2003 2:48 pm

I think it's horrible
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Postby Zap » Wed May 28, 2003 9:55 am

Having looked again at this i have to agree with Paul. Its disasterous how the facade related to the new building - its just been stuck onto the front and that's about the height of the relationship between the two.

The empty window frames, obstructed as they are at the top most part of the window frame by what looks like a supporting been looks like a bit of a shambles too - though this supporting beam might only be temporary (I hope).

The old facade itself is fantastic - I never noticed it beforehand due to the generally decrepit state of the building before demolition and facade retention.
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Postby emf » Thu May 29, 2003 7:50 am

I suppose we can only be glad that they did retain the facade and that it wasn't 'accidently demolished'!!
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Postby Rory W » Thu May 29, 2003 3:23 pm

Didin't the building next door (next to the Unicef shop) mysteriously burn down though?
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Postby Zap » Thu May 29, 2003 5:27 pm

It did - after the builders were refused permission to demolish it just beforehand. I guess they really wanted that link to Abbey St.

A happy coincidence for the builders.
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Postby Rory W » Fri May 30, 2003 9:29 am

And I think to myself ... what a wonderful world
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