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Big Bens' going up... and up....and.....

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dangie, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

  2. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Which will cost as much as the repairs.

    £61M for a bloody clock tower. And yet the government is happy to make a complete cock-up of Universal Credit and still blame the poor buggers who need it.

  3. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    This is ridiculous. This ugly, fake, neo gothic building complete with cracked bell should have been flogged off for careful dismantelling and re-erection by some rich foreign oligarch. We could have built a fit for purpose building well north of the rising water of the Thames. We might have made a profit on the whole deal.
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  4. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    See if you can find the recent issue of British Archaeology that covers Parliament's building woes - basically, government after government has done bugger all for years while the buildings get worse and worse, no wonder it's in a mucking fuddle!

  5. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    It's all ok though as they said they had:

    "Expressed their disappointment in the cost increases, and the unreliability of the original estimate" and "instructed officials to provide regular updates on progress".
  6. AGW

    AGW Well-Known Member

    A buildings maintenance specialist once told me..".......... never let architects design buildings!..."

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  7. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    Typical governmental SNAFU................?

  8. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    Nothing to do with handing the contract to best buddies of course.

    Have these half-wits never heard of getting a 'quote' rather than an estimate before work commences?

    It's almost as bad as the Bloodhound Supersonic (around 10 million estimated to start with (6 million for the car) - they've already spent 30 million, and expect it to go to 60:rolleyes:)
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  9. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    A superb example of "because I can". :(
  10. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    I have a nice digital watch that keeps reasonable time. If I offer it to them for a fiver would they take it.
  11. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    If you think that bill is bad, what about the estimates for the Houses of Parliment? Manchester Town Hall is probably more than capable of delivering and maybe exceeding the demands imposed on the Houses of Parliment and probably in better nick. Whilst in 2014 it was announced it is in need of refurbishment, the estimated cost involved is far, far less than that on the HoP.

    I suspect the only reason this isn't considered a suitable alternative location is that it's too far away from where our MPs would much prefer to be, rubbing shoulders with Bankers etc - Or maybe they would be interested once £32bn (and rising) has been spent on HS2, - probably for junket-runs with their 'mates' - which will terminate at Manchester?
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  12. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Why not have MPs work from their constituencies via the internet? Then we can flog off the P of W to be turned into a tourist attraction and for the very first time in history MPs will have a positive effect on the country's balance of payments.
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  13. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear Andrew,

    Because they can see one another's body language face to face: the same reason why, for all but the least demanding interactions, face to face is always better.

    There may even be pheromones involves, including the ones that let you smell fear.


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  14. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    Its about time somebody done something about this!
  15. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    HS2 is something I agree with.
    Returning some wealth to the north is long overdue. The only real Downside is the likely effect on house prices up there.
  16. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Yes, but Manchester Town Hall was probably built by local people who took pride in their work.


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  17. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    I wonder what this person would have said about it?
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