Jubilee House next for demolition in Blackburn's Cathedral Quarter development

Blackburn Citizen: Jubilee House is next to bite the dust as part of the clearance work Jubilee House is next to bite the dust as part of the clearance work

DEMOLITION workers are poised to start knocking down Blackburn’s Jubilee House as the final bus shelter on the former Boulevard station is also removed.

The work is the final stage of clearing the central area of the town centre for the construction of the £30million Cathedral Quarter.

It means that the complex of two office blocks, a 56-bed Premier Inn hotel, clergy buildings, and cloister garden is on timetable for completion in 2016.

The Old Police House, in King Street, has been demolished for the final phase of Blackburn’s orbital road, linking in the £12million Wainwright ‘Bridge to Nowhere’.

It will connect Bolton Road and Preston Old Road, and go from Freckleton Street to Montague Street by the end of this year.

Removing the Boulevard bus station is now complete, but the completion of roadworks in Railway Road, to divert underground services away from the construction site, will continue for several days after tram tracks and a service pit were unexpectedly discovered.

Next month, hoardings will go up so work can start on the Clergy Court, the Cathedral’s new residential buil- ding which includes offices and a refectory open to the public.

Jubilee House was built as an office building during the 1930s on the site of the former Jubilee Street gas works complex.

Constructed of brown-red brick and moulded tiles, it is the former home of Blackburn with Darwen Council For Voluntary Service and Nightsafe.

It will become the car park for the adjacent new hotel, and overflow parking for the new development.

Work on the new £5million bus station on the Old Market site, in Ainsworth Street, is also due to start at the end of this month, for completion by the end of December.

Cathedral Canon Andrew Hindley, overseeing the development for the Blackburn Diocese, said: “I am delighted that it is all going ahead. It is all on target and on timetable.”

Council regeneration boss Maur-een Bateson said: “The Cathedral Quarter development is progressing well. The remaining bus stop on the Boulevard is coming down and all the street furniture has been removed.

“Preparations are now underway to demolish Jubilee House.”

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11:20am Wed 15 Jan 14

shirtbox2003 says...

I hate to sound pessimistic, but a 56 bed hotel in Blackburn a town with no nightlife sounds like the last place anyone would want to stay.i doubt if the hotel would get many repeat bookings.how much of local council taxpayers money is going into this cathedral quarter fiasco by the clown hall.
I hate to sound pessimistic, but a 56 bed hotel in Blackburn a town with no nightlife sounds like the last place anyone would want to stay.i doubt if the hotel would get many repeat bookings.how much of local council taxpayers money is going into this cathedral quarter fiasco by the clown hall. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 32

11:46am Wed 15 Jan 14

shytalk says...

What a mess!!!!!!
What a mess!!!!!! shytalk
  • Score: 16

12:04pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Happy-Dude says...

What a complete disaster, what we all need to do is when it is all finished with silly things that they are building there is just never ever use whatever facilities is plonked there as a protest, they will lose far much money and then in 20-50 years we could knock it down and place the boulevard back to how it was, thank god I will be leaving town, pathetic of the council to destroy what heritage we had, although I haven't heard yet of another mosque being planned there, well that might be the last thing to be mentioned.
What a complete disaster, what we all need to do is when it is all finished with silly things that they are building there is just never ever use whatever facilities is plonked there as a protest, they will lose far much money and then in 20-50 years we could knock it down and place the boulevard back to how it was, thank god I will be leaving town, pathetic of the council to destroy what heritage we had, although I haven't heard yet of another mosque being planned there, well that might be the last thing to be mentioned. Happy-Dude
  • Score: 10

12:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Just an observer says...

Secretly its gonna be another mosque, shhh dont tell anyone else.
Secretly its gonna be another mosque, shhh dont tell anyone else. Just an observer
  • Score: -3

12:15pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Joseph O'M says...

This is a real loss for Blackburn's architecture - the building, Art Deco (or Art Moderne if I'm going to sound like a know it all) is one of Blackburn's very very few remaining 1930s buildings, and has some fantastic features from that period. We lost the Rialto (Art Deco) for a car park, and we lost Woolworths (Art Deco) for the Mall....and now we're losing this.....for a car park. I'm sure there could have been a compromise. I'd be interested to see just how many cars park there. Still, onwards and upweards I suppose. At least the library is being restored to its former glory, so it's not all doom and gloom...
This is a real loss for Blackburn's architecture - the building, Art Deco (or Art Moderne if I'm going to sound like a know it all) is one of Blackburn's very very few remaining 1930s buildings, and has some fantastic features from that period. We lost the Rialto (Art Deco) for a car park, and we lost Woolworths (Art Deco) for the Mall....and now we're losing this.....for a car park. I'm sure there could have been a compromise. I'd be interested to see just how many cars park there. Still, onwards and upweards I suppose. At least the library is being restored to its former glory, so it's not all doom and gloom... Joseph O'M
  • Score: 31

12:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

woolywords says...

When this hotel was first proposed, I like many, was somewhat puzzled about it's viability but when you take into account the following, you begin to see a plan, subtly forming.
There will be bus stops on Railway Road, for express coaches to Manchester and London. The train services to Manchester Airport are sure to improve, once the works on the Bolton line are completed. And finally, we already have good link roads to the motorway.
All in all, we have an improved transport infrastructure, with a modern hotel with conference facilities, which tends to make me think that this more a long than medium term strategy for business within the town.
With manufacturing taking a bit of a downturn and the service/supply sector enjoying a bit of boom, you have to wonder what else could be attracted to this area for the future.
At least we will have everything in place, should any potential investors wish to visit the town with view to taking advantage of what we have to offer. Once there is a turn for the better in the national economy, we are well poised to take advantage of it. So really, these clowns in clown hall, may not be as daft as we love to paint them.
When this hotel was first proposed, I like many, was somewhat puzzled about it's viability but when you take into account the following, you begin to see a plan, subtly forming. There will be bus stops on Railway Road, for express coaches to Manchester and London. The train services to Manchester Airport are sure to improve, once the works on the Bolton line are completed. And finally, we already have good link roads to the motorway. All in all, we have an improved transport infrastructure, with a modern hotel with conference facilities, which tends to make me think that this more a long than medium term strategy for business within the town. With manufacturing taking a bit of a downturn and the service/supply sector enjoying a bit of boom, you have to wonder what else could be attracted to this area for the future. At least we will have everything in place, should any potential investors wish to visit the town with view to taking advantage of what we have to offer. Once there is a turn for the better in the national economy, we are well poised to take advantage of it. So really, these clowns in clown hall, may not be as daft as we love to paint them. woolywords
  • Score: 7

1:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

adamdesk says...

Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion
They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn

Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.
Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel. adamdesk
  • Score: 13

1:30pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

adamdesk wrote:
Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion
They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn

Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.
I travel all over the country for business, often having to stay overnight in a hotel.

If I've got a 9am meeting in the centre of town, then ideally I want a hotel in the centre of that town. Midweek most of the hotels i stop at are mainly filled with people there for work.
[quote][p][bold]adamdesk[/bold] wrote: Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.[/p][/quote]I travel all over the country for business, often having to stay overnight in a hotel. If I've got a 9am meeting in the centre of town, then ideally I want a hotel in the centre of that town. Midweek most of the hotels i stop at are mainly filled with people there for work. Excluded again
  • Score: 17

1:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

adamdesk says...

Excluded again wrote:
adamdesk wrote:
Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion
They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn

Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.
I travel all over the country for business, often having to stay overnight in a hotel.

If I've got a 9am meeting in the centre of town, then ideally I want a hotel in the centre of that town. Midweek most of the hotels i stop at are mainly filled with people there for work.
its a shame that you didn't have anywhere to stay all this time.
and while you say you travel all over the country I'm surprised why you cannot stay in a hotel just 1 mile away from town centre as there are number of hotels nearby.

I have spoken to the council who said that they have specially made this hotel for you.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adamdesk[/bold] wrote: Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.[/p][/quote]I travel all over the country for business, often having to stay overnight in a hotel. If I've got a 9am meeting in the centre of town, then ideally I want a hotel in the centre of that town. Midweek most of the hotels i stop at are mainly filled with people there for work.[/p][/quote]its a shame that you didn't have anywhere to stay all this time. and while you say you travel all over the country I'm surprised why you cannot stay in a hotel just 1 mile away from town centre as there are number of hotels nearby. I have spoken to the council who said that they have specially made this hotel for you. adamdesk
  • Score: -8

2:35pm Wed 15 Jan 14

richard says...

Just been past this building and it is a shame to lose it. It needs sandblasting a hell of a lot but the style is unique, with a Poirot sort of feel to it.
Just been past this building and it is a shame to lose it. It needs sandblasting a hell of a lot but the style is unique, with a Poirot sort of feel to it. richard
  • Score: 21

2:38pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

adamdesk wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
adamdesk wrote:
Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion
They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn

Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.
I travel all over the country for business, often having to stay overnight in a hotel.

If I've got a 9am meeting in the centre of town, then ideally I want a hotel in the centre of that town. Midweek most of the hotels i stop at are mainly filled with people there for work.
its a shame that you didn't have anywhere to stay all this time.
and while you say you travel all over the country I'm surprised why you cannot stay in a hotel just 1 mile away from town centre as there are number of hotels nearby.

I have spoken to the council who said that they have specially made this hotel for you.
I won't need it as a i live in the area.

1 mile out of the town centre maybe OK but if I have just got in off the train then I want a hotel close by the station. I was in Newcastle last wee - the hotel was 5 or 6 minutes walk from the train station and about the same distance form my clients' office. Which is what I need.

Two blokes checking in at the same time as me, both in suits - maybe they were off to a picky pub for the night, but I doubt it..
[quote][p][bold]adamdesk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adamdesk[/bold] wrote: Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.[/p][/quote]I travel all over the country for business, often having to stay overnight in a hotel. If I've got a 9am meeting in the centre of town, then ideally I want a hotel in the centre of that town. Midweek most of the hotels i stop at are mainly filled with people there for work.[/p][/quote]its a shame that you didn't have anywhere to stay all this time. and while you say you travel all over the country I'm surprised why you cannot stay in a hotel just 1 mile away from town centre as there are number of hotels nearby. I have spoken to the council who said that they have specially made this hotel for you.[/p][/quote]I won't need it as a i live in the area. 1 mile out of the town centre maybe OK but if I have just got in off the train then I want a hotel close by the station. I was in Newcastle last wee - the hotel was 5 or 6 minutes walk from the train station and about the same distance form my clients' office. Which is what I need. Two blokes checking in at the same time as me, both in suits - maybe they were off to a picky pub for the night, but I doubt it.. Excluded again
  • Score: 11

2:45pm Wed 15 Jan 14

sean_brfc says...

So let me get this straight. The hideous 1960s office block to the right stays, whilst the 1930s Jubilee House of reasonable architectural merit goes? Hold that wrecking ball!
So let me get this straight. The hideous 1960s office block to the right stays, whilst the 1930s Jubilee House of reasonable architectural merit goes? Hold that wrecking ball! sean_brfc
  • Score: 22

2:50pm Wed 15 Jan 14

richard says...

Yeah it'd have been better to sell it to BT (if technically possible, I know it's Blackburn's exchange) and make the space where their God-awful building is.
Yeah it'd have been better to sell it to BT (if technically possible, I know it's Blackburn's exchange) and make the space where their God-awful building is. richard
  • Score: 17

3:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

All this expense could end up being a white elephant,,first of all apart from visiting football teams to Ewood Park on match days who will want to book a room in the centre of Blackburn ? Blackburn in the 50s and 60s was a town to be proud of,,it saddens me to see how it is today,,
All this expense could end up being a white elephant,,first of all apart from visiting football teams to Ewood Park on match days who will want to book a room in the centre of Blackburn ? Blackburn in the 50s and 60s was a town to be proud of,,it saddens me to see how it is today,, noddy57
  • Score: 13

3:16pm Wed 15 Jan 14

adamdesk says...

Excluded again wrote:
adamdesk wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
adamdesk wrote:
Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion
They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn

Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.
I travel all over the country for business, often having to stay overnight in a hotel.

If I've got a 9am meeting in the centre of town, then ideally I want a hotel in the centre of that town. Midweek most of the hotels i stop at are mainly filled with people there for work.
its a shame that you didn't have anywhere to stay all this time.
and while you say you travel all over the country I'm surprised why you cannot stay in a hotel just 1 mile away from town centre as there are number of hotels nearby.

I have spoken to the council who said that they have specially made this hotel for you.
I won't need it as a i live in the area.

1 mile out of the town centre maybe OK but if I have just got in off the train then I want a hotel close by the station. I was in Newcastle last wee - the hotel was 5 or 6 minutes walk from the train station and about the same distance form my clients' office. Which is what I need.

Two blokes checking in at the same time as me, both in suits - maybe they were off to a picky pub for the night, but I doubt it..
its not 2 bed hotel but 56 bed hotel
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adamdesk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adamdesk[/bold] wrote: Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.[/p][/quote]I travel all over the country for business, often having to stay overnight in a hotel. If I've got a 9am meeting in the centre of town, then ideally I want a hotel in the centre of that town. Midweek most of the hotels i stop at are mainly filled with people there for work.[/p][/quote]its a shame that you didn't have anywhere to stay all this time. and while you say you travel all over the country I'm surprised why you cannot stay in a hotel just 1 mile away from town centre as there are number of hotels nearby. I have spoken to the council who said that they have specially made this hotel for you.[/p][/quote]I won't need it as a i live in the area. 1 mile out of the town centre maybe OK but if I have just got in off the train then I want a hotel close by the station. I was in Newcastle last wee - the hotel was 5 or 6 minutes walk from the train station and about the same distance form my clients' office. Which is what I need. Two blokes checking in at the same time as me, both in suits - maybe they were off to a picky pub for the night, but I doubt it..[/p][/quote]its not 2 bed hotel but 56 bed hotel adamdesk
  • Score: -5

4:06pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bernss says...

more like a Bail hostel.
more like a Bail hostel. bernss
  • Score: 7

4:50pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bow1974 says...

And why are they keeping the doss house in place next to the orbital route just what people want to see when they drive into Blackburn a bunch of down an outs hanging about great view.
And why are they keeping the doss house in place next to the orbital route just what people want to see when they drive into Blackburn a bunch of down an outs hanging about great view. bow1974
  • Score: 16

5:00pm Wed 15 Jan 14

richard says...

I was just thinking that. Bridge St/George St is one of the skankiest parts of town and it's right next to all this and the Youth Zone. Also returning to the car park thing, there is that land which I assume belongs to Edmondsons which is always empty and could have been bought? Or just buy and demolish those dilapidated houses on Bridge St/George St and leave it as an open car park with some green space?
I was just thinking that. Bridge St/George St is one of the skankiest parts of town and it's right next to all this and the Youth Zone. Also returning to the car park thing, there is that land which I assume belongs to Edmondsons which is always empty and could have been bought? Or just buy and demolish those dilapidated houses on Bridge St/George St and leave it as an open car park with some green space? richard
  • Score: 10

5:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Smacx25 says...

Completed by 2016 and a doss house by 2019!
Completed by 2016 and a doss house by 2019! Smacx25
  • Score: 11

5:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

A Darener says...

Premier inn? Isn't a hotel, it is a building with bedrooms!
Premier inn? Isn't a hotel, it is a building with bedrooms! A Darener
  • Score: -2

5:55pm Wed 15 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

shirtbox2003 wrote:
I hate to sound pessimistic, but a 56 bed hotel in Blackburn a town with no nightlife sounds like the last place anyone would want to stay.i doubt if the hotel would get many repeat bookings.how much of local council taxpayers money is going into this cathedral quarter fiasco by the clown hall.
None it's being paid for by the church , who say there skint but thay have shares in wonga , there hypocrites ,,
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: I hate to sound pessimistic, but a 56 bed hotel in Blackburn a town with no nightlife sounds like the last place anyone would want to stay.i doubt if the hotel would get many repeat bookings.how much of local council taxpayers money is going into this cathedral quarter fiasco by the clown hall.[/p][/quote]None it's being paid for by the church , who say there skint but thay have shares in wonga , there hypocrites ,, phil kernot
  • Score: 9

6:14pm Wed 15 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

What nobody realises is the concrete has had water ingress and the re bars have corroded , it's not structural sound no more , that's the real reason why yo see buildings being demolished all over the place. ,, just in the news lately where that ceiling collapsed down London at the appolllo theatre , and tons of concrete came crashing down ,, so it's not the councils fault this time and probably on alot of the old buildings round town ,,,,
What nobody realises is the concrete has had water ingress and the re bars have corroded , it's not structural sound no more , that's the real reason why yo see buildings being demolished all over the place. ,, just in the news lately where that ceiling collapsed down London at the appolllo theatre , and tons of concrete came crashing down ,, so it's not the councils fault this time and probably on alot of the old buildings round town ,,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 5

6:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

shocked and alarmed says...

Excluded again wrote:
adamdesk wrote:
Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion
They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn

Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.
I travel all over the country for business, often having to stay overnight in a hotel.

If I've got a 9am meeting in the centre of town, then ideally I want a hotel in the centre of that town. Midweek most of the hotels i stop at are mainly filled with people there for work.
Same with me. I've stopped in many towns up and down the country. When you have a meeting to get to in the morning nightlife tends to be the last thing on your mind. Getting wherever you are going quickly in the morning and finding something to eat tend to be my top priority. Of course on top of that a good nights sleep which I guess is why Premier Inn is so popular.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adamdesk[/bold] wrote: Blackburn council does everything themselves without publics opinion They should take publics opinion what they like NEW for bright Blackburn Hotel? who's got money nowadays and what's special in Blackburn that people would come to see in Blackburn and stay in a hotel.[/p][/quote]I travel all over the country for business, often having to stay overnight in a hotel. If I've got a 9am meeting in the centre of town, then ideally I want a hotel in the centre of that town. Midweek most of the hotels i stop at are mainly filled with people there for work.[/p][/quote]Same with me. I've stopped in many towns up and down the country. When you have a meeting to get to in the morning nightlife tends to be the last thing on your mind. Getting wherever you are going quickly in the morning and finding something to eat tend to be my top priority. Of course on top of that a good nights sleep which I guess is why Premier Inn is so popular. shocked and alarmed
  • Score: 6

6:55pm Wed 15 Jan 14

blackburbornandbread says...

Taken from the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

Removing the Boulevard bus station is now complete, but the completion of roadworks in Railway Road, to divert underground services away from the construction site, will continue for several days after tram tracks and a service pit were unexpectedly discovered.

Am I right in thinking that they didn't know that tram tracks ran through the Boulevard? Who exactly is the planning surveyors running this town? Hundreds of years of history with that site, thousands of pictures of days gone bye, millions of people walked over them, trams ran on them and all of a sudden they was unexpectedly there?

This council is a joke, they will do what they want, when they want and how they want. They made their statement a long time ago when they knocked down the old market Hall and erected the clown hall on that very site, now that's rubbing our noses in the mud! !
Taken from the Lancashire Evening Telegraph. Removing the Boulevard bus station is now complete, but the completion of roadworks in Railway Road, to divert underground services away from the construction site, will continue for several days after tram tracks and a service pit were unexpectedly discovered. Am I right in thinking that they didn't know that tram tracks ran through the Boulevard? Who exactly is the planning surveyors running this town? Hundreds of years of history with that site, thousands of pictures of days gone bye, millions of people walked over them, trams ran on them and all of a sudden they was unexpectedly there? This council is a joke, they will do what they want, when they want and how they want. They made their statement a long time ago when they knocked down the old market Hall and erected the clown hall on that very site, now that's rubbing our noses in the mud! ! blackburbornandbread
  • Score: 11

7:02pm Wed 15 Jan 14

A Darener says...

I hope they realise there is a river running under as well! Don't want them falling in and drowning.
I hope they realise there is a river running under as well! Don't want them falling in and drowning. A Darener
  • Score: 11

7:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ghost of sceptic says...

sean_brfc wrote:
So let me get this straight. The hideous 1960s office block to the right stays, whilst the 1930s Jubilee House of reasonable architectural merit goes? Hold that wrecking ball!
Dead right, That BT building is a s--t hole it should have been bought and raised to the ground and BT re located. I must say i like the sound of the cathedral qaurter, just a shame about the litter strewn run down dump surrounding it.
[quote][p][bold]sean_brfc[/bold] wrote: So let me get this straight. The hideous 1960s office block to the right stays, whilst the 1930s Jubilee House of reasonable architectural merit goes? Hold that wrecking ball![/p][/quote]Dead right, That BT building is a s--t hole it should have been bought and raised to the ground and BT re located. I must say i like the sound of the cathedral qaurter, just a shame about the litter strewn run down dump surrounding it. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 6

7:17pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Malthus says...

shirtbox2003 wrote:
I hate to sound pessimistic, but a 56 bed hotel in Blackburn a town with no nightlife sounds like the last place anyone would want to stay.i doubt if the hotel would get many repeat bookings.how much of local council taxpayers money is going into this cathedral quarter fiasco by the clown hall.
I wonder how long an hotel would remain as an hotel before becoming yet another homeless hostel?
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: I hate to sound pessimistic, but a 56 bed hotel in Blackburn a town with no nightlife sounds like the last place anyone would want to stay.i doubt if the hotel would get many repeat bookings.how much of local council taxpayers money is going into this cathedral quarter fiasco by the clown hall.[/p][/quote]I wonder how long an hotel would remain as an hotel before becoming yet another homeless hostel? Malthus
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

bernss wrote:
more like a Bail hostel.
Come on let's not beat about the bush, Blackburn is the Mecca of the Asian community, no one is going to invest long term, the Asians will not integrate they want there own village in our country, 5000 Asians walking through Nelson for a birthday celebration, Asians walking through Blackburn chest beating with no tops on, where the hell are we Pakistan, no where in the UK with the UKIP party growing by the minute thank god.
Can't wait for the "your a Racist" remarks because my home town is now a cesspit.
[quote][p][bold]bernss[/bold] wrote: more like a Bail hostel.[/p][/quote]Come on let's not beat about the bush, Blackburn is the Mecca of the Asian community, no one is going to invest long term, the Asians will not integrate they want there own village in our country, 5000 Asians walking through Nelson for a birthday celebration, Asians walking through Blackburn chest beating with no tops on, where the hell are we Pakistan, no where in the UK with the UKIP party growing by the minute thank god. Can't wait for the "your a Racist" remarks because my home town is now a cesspit. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 3

9:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Pommie Art says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
sean_brfc wrote:
So let me get this straight. The hideous 1960s office block to the right stays, whilst the 1930s Jubilee House of reasonable architectural merit goes? Hold that wrecking ball!
Dead right, That BT building is a s--t hole it should have been bought and raised to the ground and BT re located. I must say i like the sound of the cathedral qaurter, just a shame about the litter strewn run down dump surrounding it.
Ghost,
how the hell would BT relocate all the thousands of under ground cables if you have ever seen the Cable Chamber in BT jubilee st you would not make such ignorant comments, the building is full of large underground voice cables & every floor at BT has Voice & Data switching equipment inside them so think before you open your mouth.
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sean_brfc[/bold] wrote: So let me get this straight. The hideous 1960s office block to the right stays, whilst the 1930s Jubilee House of reasonable architectural merit goes? Hold that wrecking ball![/p][/quote]Dead right, That BT building is a s--t hole it should have been bought and raised to the ground and BT re located. I must say i like the sound of the cathedral qaurter, just a shame about the litter strewn run down dump surrounding it.[/p][/quote]Ghost, how the hell would BT relocate all the thousands of under ground cables if you have ever seen the Cable Chamber in BT jubilee st you would not make such ignorant comments, the building is full of large underground voice cables & every floor at BT has Voice & Data switching equipment inside them so think before you open your mouth. Pommie Art
  • Score: 2

9:53pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Briantodd says...

This building did have a British Architecture award plaque on the wall some 10 years ago indicating it was seen a an outstanding design - but now it is to be a Car Park, no awards for that and another piece of Blackburn's past gone forever
This building did have a British Architecture award plaque on the wall some 10 years ago indicating it was seen a an outstanding design - but now it is to be a Car Park, no awards for that and another piece of Blackburn's past gone forever Briantodd
  • Score: 6

10:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

s_smith says...

It really pains to see the ignorance of posters on here; "its the councils fault" "wasting taxpayers money" "the council are a joke".

Okay that last one might be true, but seriously - this is a PRIVATE development by the Church. It has nothing to do with the Council in terms of who is paying for it all.

And then of course those posters suggesting that a building NOT owned by the Church but BT and full of millions of pounds worth of communications gear and who-knows-how-many thousands of telephone wires can just be relocated on a whim.

To be fair, the BT building *could* be re-clad in the same way Telephone House has become 10 Duke Street. But that would be BT's decision, not the Church, or the Council.

Sometimes I wonder how some people - and particularly the many posters on this site - get by in life with the apparent levels of ignorance they seem to have regarding the things going on around them.
It really pains to see the ignorance of posters on here; "its the councils fault" "wasting taxpayers money" "the council are a joke". Okay that last one might be true, but seriously - this is a PRIVATE development by the Church. It has nothing to do with the Council in terms of who is paying for it all. And then of course those posters suggesting that a building NOT owned by the Church but BT and full of millions of pounds worth of communications gear and who-knows-how-many thousands of telephone wires can just be relocated on a whim. To be fair, the BT building *could* be re-clad in the same way Telephone House has become 10 Duke Street. But that would be BT's decision, not the Church, or the Council. Sometimes I wonder how some people - and particularly the many posters on this site - get by in life with the apparent levels of ignorance they seem to have regarding the things going on around them. s_smith
  • Score: 7

11:57pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Malthus says...

s_smith wrote:
It really pains to see the ignorance of posters on here; "its the councils fault" "wasting taxpayers money" "the council are a joke".

Okay that last one might be true, but seriously - this is a PRIVATE development by the Church. It has nothing to do with the Council in terms of who is paying for it all.

And then of course those posters suggesting that a building NOT owned by the Church but BT and full of millions of pounds worth of communications gear and who-knows-how-many thousands of telephone wires can just be relocated on a whim.

To be fair, the BT building *could* be re-clad in the same way Telephone House has become 10 Duke Street. But that would be BT's decision, not the Church, or the Council.

Sometimes I wonder how some people - and particularly the many posters on this site - get by in life with the apparent levels of ignorance they seem to have regarding the things going on around them.
A good and valid point. From what I can ascertain the impetus for this development lies at the feet of the Church and their desire to profit via the creation of what could be described as a themed religious area, known as the the Cathedral Quarter in Blackburn. Before people criticise the Council, and the Council does need criticism, they should look initially towards the Cathedral itself.

Also having worked in the BT building I am aware of the technology there. How many people would happily allow their phone & internet connections to be halted whilst the connections are relocated. Remember too that this is a major hub for the 999 network; it's relocation would cost lives.
[quote][p][bold]s_smith[/bold] wrote: It really pains to see the ignorance of posters on here; "its the councils fault" "wasting taxpayers money" "the council are a joke". Okay that last one might be true, but seriously - this is a PRIVATE development by the Church. It has nothing to do with the Council in terms of who is paying for it all. And then of course those posters suggesting that a building NOT owned by the Church but BT and full of millions of pounds worth of communications gear and who-knows-how-many thousands of telephone wires can just be relocated on a whim. To be fair, the BT building *could* be re-clad in the same way Telephone House has become 10 Duke Street. But that would be BT's decision, not the Church, or the Council. Sometimes I wonder how some people - and particularly the many posters on this site - get by in life with the apparent levels of ignorance they seem to have regarding the things going on around them.[/p][/quote]A good and valid point. From what I can ascertain the impetus for this development lies at the feet of the Church and their desire to profit via the creation of what could be described as a themed religious area, known as the the Cathedral Quarter in Blackburn. Before people criticise the Council, and the Council does need criticism, they should look initially towards the Cathedral itself. Also having worked in the BT building I am aware of the technology there. How many people would happily allow their phone & internet connections to be halted whilst the connections are relocated. Remember too that this is a major hub for the 999 network; it's relocation would cost lives. Malthus
  • Score: 5

6:41am Thu 16 Jan 14

AnthonyUK says...

Jubilee House was also the home of Norweb Electricity years ago as I remember with the maintenance/vehicle depot based at Whitebirk.
Jubilee House was also the home of Norweb Electricity years ago as I remember with the maintenance/vehicle depot based at Whitebirk. AnthonyUK
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