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Portsmouth October 17, 2005

Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.

Portsmouth is not a city I know well, but I am impressed to see the number of architectural stories it can generate. This building, brought to my attention in the comments to this post, stunned me with its flagrant hideousness. But now Portsmouth has got this too and not without scandal, delay and budget overruns galore. The local MP’s quote in the BBC piece is delicious. “It is a wonderful structure with a magnificent view and I am full of admiration for it. But it is an icon of municipal incompetence and blundering. It should never have been built in the first place.” I have to have a bit of a snigger at yet another British municipal project running over budget and way beyond its deadline. (This was meant to be ready in time for the millennium.) British Library. Scottish Parliament. Millennium Bridge. But I hope it’s a roaring success, of course, as these projects can be (The Eye springs to mind) and that it will become much beloved of Portmuthians everywhere.

Update: Click here for further very amusing goings-on on the subject…



1. lukeski - October 17, 2005

There is a delicious irony in the fact that the Spinnaker Tower and the Gunwharf development, designed to reinvigorate Portsmouth’s flagging economy as the naval influence declines have been built next to the roughest part of Portsmouth. A million pound penthouse looking out over the harbour sounds idyllic, but 5 minutes away are the joys of Portsea. This site gives a delicious overview.

2. Broke in Berlin - October 17, 2005

Does this mean you don’t have plans to relocate yourself?

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