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Brighton's new i360 tower - a ' giant dildo with a cock-ring'

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by editor, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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    Following on from this feature about the West Pier, this thing is being touted as its successor.

    What do we think, urban?

    More: http://www.urban75.org/blog/the-brighton-i360-tower-successor-to-the-west-pier/
    http://www.brightoni360.co.uk/
     
  2. ovaltina

    ovaltina Well-Known Member

    I can't see it ever being built. Like the Frank Gheary development in Hove, the Marina redevelopment and other big developments that were planned for Brighton during the boom, it'll come to nothing. The town is far too conservative when it comes to development.
     
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  3. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    seen the site and artists impressions on the hoardings
    does look impressive scale etc but can't help but think it doesn't really fit in, especially on the thing that they're building it on
    just a touristy thing and no way a good enough replacement for the West Pier imo
     
  4. rover07

    rover07 has a shining car.

    I think its been dropped now. They've gone for a big ferris wheel up the Kemp Town end instead.
     
  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Their site is still insisting that it has funding and will be opening in 2013. The West Pier trust are (rather bizarrely) giving it their full backing too.
     
  6. paulhackett

    paulhackett voiced by strother martin

    That was the stand out quote from your West Pier photography thread.. there aren't enough landmarks to merit it, let alone with a 100? person capacity per go?

    Wrong location, wrong structure.. wrong, wrong, wrong. The architect in the video is a fool.
     
  7. rover07

    rover07 has a shining car.

    I may be wrong. They originally wanted to build a load of shops on the seafront, blocking the views from Brunswick Square.

    That didnt get very far then a Ferris wheel was planned but that too was way too big. The sailing club and other small shops there objected.

    Now... who knows. I hope it doesnt get built. The area is nice and quiet. Skateboarders and rollerskaters use the tarmaced over swimming pool to practice/dance with their portable soundsystems.

    Its a good open space for staging all sorts of events.

    Im sure it will make loads of money for the developers but its fuck all use for the people who live here.
     
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I wish they'd collared those fucking twats responsible for torching the West Pier straight after it got its £14m renovation grant.

    I simply can't think who on earth may have been motivated to do such a thing though.

    Meanwhile, here's a pretty picture of the other pier.

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. JWH

    JWH Fnord Fiesta XR3i

    fugly.
     
  10. ovaltina

    ovaltina Well-Known Member

    I wish they'd do something about the railings instead - there are big chunks of rusty metal falling off because it's so long since they were painted, and one of the staircases leading to Maderia Drive has been sealed off because it's crumbling away :(
     
  11. scifisam

    scifisam feck! arse! girls! drink!

    Possibly not the best comparison ever; that's one of the least dildo-looking buildings I've ever seen. And do cock rings usually go round the cock, like someone's been playing hoopla?
     
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  12. DJ Squelch

    DJ Squelch King Of Insides

    There was some speculation that the owners of the other pier were behind it. Others thought developer wanted the old structure out of the way so they could build something new but it's listed status prevented them.
    There were actually 2 arson attacks on the West Pier & one on the Palace pier all within a short period of time. It was all rather suspicious.

    Another theory was that a certain notorious Brighton landlord was part of it as he was form for setting fire to squats when he wants some new building put in it's place.

    4 February 2003 - fire on Palace pier

    28 March 2003 - firedestroys end of West Pier

    12 May 2003 - fire destroys remaining part of West pier

    http://www.theargus.co.uk/archive/2...ble__Don_t_blame_us_for_West_pier_s_downfall/
     
  13. tommers

    tommers Yourdisco needs you

  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    'Vertical pier' my arse. Piers are supposed to go out to sea.
     
  15. starfish

    starfish No dialogue. Just plot.

    I think its been a complete & utter waste of time & money & hope it never gets built. It would also look bloody stupid.
     
  16. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Did all this start with the 'iconic' Millenium Wheel - at least in my mind, until then most of the UK had resisted these bollocky branding projects, now we have phalluses going up all over the show*?



    * better phrasing optional
     
  17. rover07

    rover07 has a shining car.

    I can see the thinking, about giving a different perspective on the sea/coast. The great attraction of Beachy Head is the fantastic panoramic view.

    West Pier Trust have pretty much given up.
     
  18. bromley

    bromley ...isn't as good as Lewisham.

    I like it, but it should have a glass floor!

    Would prefer a west pier though.
     
  19. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    I think what Brighton needs is a sky-scraping "love hotel" that actually is shaped like a phallus. Admittedly anywhere would be more romantic than that god awful 60s hotel currently a few yards west of Regency Square.
     
  20. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    Probably spot on. Us vauxhall tavern users have been discussing the two cocks erected next to the pub :D

    [​IMG]
     
  21. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    as if that's new . . .
     
  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    To recap:
    Structure that goes out to sea with a walking/viewing platform = pier
    Inland tall thin structure that offers a viewing platform via an elevator = tower
     
  23. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

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  24. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    Its a vertical pier for flying machines.
     
  25. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Decent view of the French coast on clear days, though.

    Surely the 'Gherkin' is the dildo, this is just Peter Crouch with a neck brace.
     
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I wonder how much they'll charge for your 15 minute view?
     
  27. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Possibly the equivalent of what the Victorians charged for entrance to the pier?
     
  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  29. Enviro

    Enviro Make your assessment

    This is what it looked like when they were lifting one of the cans onto the base of the jacking tower platform:
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  30. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    West Pier was free admission before it was closed, as is the Palace Pier now.
     

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