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Report - Zurich Building Portsmouth

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by Olz9181, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Olz9181

    Olz9181 nelsonphotography.co.uk
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    First of all may i take the time to thank UrbanCreed for helping me out the last few weeks, :Not Worthy

    also Mr Khan who lost his UE Virginity today and helped me out loads with settings etc..... :thumb

    Not for people with a fear of heights but a truly fantastic explore when at the top. You can view majority of portsmouth , probably similar to what you can view from the spinnaker. But the zurich option is much more of a thril and interesting , rather than queing up , £8 please ,

    Zurich house in Portsmouth, one of the tallest office buildings on the south coast of England has been earmarked for redevelopment.

    The centrally located offices were formerly occupied by the Zurich insurance group but have recently been sold off to developer McAleer and Rushe Group. As part of the deal it also has an additional 0.42 hectares of development land tagged onto it that could see the development of a building up to 100 metres tall with an additional hotel.

    The original tower has been designed by the Gollins, Melvin and Ward Partnership who also came up with Sheffield's listed and soon to be renovated Arts Tower. Their work on this building has matured surprisingly well despite being built in 1973 thanks to its slick concave curving frontage and floor to ceiling glazing.

    Lovers of the design will be relieved to know the exterior will remain as it already is and the makeover will be entirely internal converting the building from offices.

    Next door, the developers plan a second building that will be another hotel but this time with 243 bedrooms, 38 apartments, 17 affordable homes and 8,000 square metres of office space.

    There is also a future phase indicated in plans that could reach up to 100 metres in height complete with a distinctive triangular roofline rising diagonally from the height of its existing neighbour completing this mini cluster. Detailed design however has yet to be done and redevelopment of this will be some years away.

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    When we entered the first location (a closed down cinema) I had my torch shining down at the floor making sure I don't step on a rat or something and saw this, it eerily reminded me of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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    The exterior of the Zurich building is not going to be changed once it gets turned into a hotel but currently the rear facing side has smashed lower windows, which worked out well for another shot when we made way inside ;)

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    After climbing up what seemed to be endless stairs we made it to the rooftops via this flooded access point, note the graffiti

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    I leant the camera over the edge of a corner and took a few shots for perspective...quite high.
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    It was quite nice to actually find something not smashed...

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    Libby (friend's GF) poses for this torch-lit shot with the unboarded entrance in the background.

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    From the inside some kids from the park opposite must have seen us at the windows and they jumped over and hung around the perimeter, they weren't tall enough to reach the ceiling access point to get above nor did they know about it :p

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    Olz9181models for this silhouette shot, something I've wanted to try for a while, it just so happened this was the only window in the whole building that had the tinted film partially removed - Perfect

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    While shooting the shattered widow glass I catch a glimpse of Olz9181's reflection is caught

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    Petrol storage for what was probably the generator at the top of the building

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    Lines of work-lights sans bulbs sprawled the lower part of the site

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    Decaying signs riddled the ground floor

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    A HDR of the rooftops, Oliver taking a picture overlooking Portsmouth

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    Shattered glass smashed all over the ground floor

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    A workman's glove lies solo on the stairway

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    A panoramic stitched together on the rooftops, I sat on the corner (securely of course).
     
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