Author: CHB

UK’s first geothermal lido hits underground snag

A lido that was set to become the UK’s first to be warmed using geothermal energy will need extra heating due to drilling problems. Engineers were hoping to reach water of 35C deep underground to heat the Jubilee Pool in Penzance, Cornwall. But the project encountered problems 0.4km (0.25 miles) down as “a zone of very high water flow” raised dangers of well collapse and stopped them going deeper. Engineers had planned to drill 1.4km (0.8 miles) below the surface to reach temperatures of up to 35C (95F). “We understand this delay to geothermal opening is far from ideal but...

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Elysee’s iconic venue restored

The Élysée Montmartre (French: L’Élysée Montmartre) is a music venue located at 72 Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris, France. It opened in 1807, but burned down in 2011. It was originally a ballroom inaugurated in 1807 where the famous Can-Can was performed among others dances during the 19th century. In 1900, the venue was damaged by fire, and was re-decorated. After the Second World War, the venue can also host boxing matches. When the ElysÈe Montmartre burned in 2011, the fire was very significant. Nothing could be preserved from the existing building, and it was necessary to completely demolish the building, except for the classified facades which...

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RESISTING THE INTENTIONALLY HOSTILE, BY JOSEPH KELLY, EDITOR

It’s odd how sometimes the deepest conversations about architecture can pop up in the most unlikely of places. Take Camden Town underground station for instance. It had been a busy day dashing around London, and the trains were already becoming infrequent. At this time of night there a few places to sit and, as any traveller will tell you, those dull, poorly designed steel benches that seem to be popping up everywhere these days are cold, and uncompromising. You wouldn’t think it would lay beyond the imagination to design a railway station seat that worked, that provided comfort, function...

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Worthing finally takes Pier of the Year award

After taking second or third place for the past four years the Grade II listed Art Deco Worthing pier has been voted Pier Of The Year 2019 by the members of the National Piers Society. Clacton came second and Clevedon third. A total of 29 piers received at least one vote in this, the 23rd annual Pier of The Year competition run by the Society. Worthing is one of very few piers to have won the Award twice, the last time being in 2006. Worthing Pier opened on 12th April 1862. It was designed purely as a landing stage but in 1889 a Pavilion was...

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Vaulted memorial pavilion from poured concrete

Belgian studio Gijs Van Vaerenbergh has created a poured concrete reception pavilion for the German Military Cemetery in Hooglede featuring six vaults. Installed on a 20- by 60-metre plot of agricultural land next to the cemetery, Six Vaults Pavilion was installed to mark the centennial commemoration of the end of the first world war earlier this year. The German Military Cemetery dates from 1917, when the area was in still in German hands, and is the resting place of more than eight thousand German soldiers who were killed in the region during the war. Today, the cemetery is located in...

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