Viewing tower revealed as part of £10m Worcester cultural revamp

Worcester News: Worcester city centre: new viewing tower part of cultural quarter plan Worcester city centre: new viewing tower part of cultural quarter plan

A MASSIVE tower offering a stunning viewpoint of the entire city is set to dominate Worcester's skyline - in a bid to attract thousands of new tourists and boost its national profile.

Your Worcester News can today reveal exciting plans by a major city benefactor to build a 75-foot high tower at the site of the old Royal Worcester Porcelain near the Cathedral.

The landmark will form part of the £10 million cultural quarter and will aim to attract shoppers who want to travel up in a lift and take a look at the Faithful City in all its glory.

We can also reveal that Worcester City Council's planning committee will take a vote on the cultural quarter plans on Thursday, with an in-house report recommending it be approved.

Planners at the council have called the tower plan "bold" and say the entire project deserves to be given the green light so work can start.

The plans for the complex include a new theatre, a raft of cafes and restaurants, workshops for craft stalls or exhibitions, outdoor space for a farmers' market, three open courtyards and 34 units for rent, some of which will become shops for people selling artistic goods.

But at the heart of the development will be the tower, which did not form part of the original vision for the site but has since been added to it as the project progressed.

The hope is that people looking to make a day of it in Worcester will make the viewing tower one of their "must visit" attractions, providing a welcome boost to that part of the city.

Your Worcester News can also reveal how the final cultural quarter plan includes a possible pop-up ice rink at Christmas.

The project is being funded by Colin Kinnear, a retired city businessman and philanthropist who wants to boost the arts scene in Worcester.

The planner's report says the tower in particular could become a "popular visitor attraction" in Worcester and will "add to the draw" of the city.

It also says the attraction is a "level of vision and investment" in Worcester which "is worthy of support and should be encouraged".

Worcester Cathedral is 170ft, with the tower set at a lower level to avoid it becoming a distraction.

If if gets voted through work will start within the coming weeks with a planned opening of May 2015.

It comes as Worcester prepares to make a bid to become the City of Culture for 2021.

Worcester MP Robin Walker said: "This is a very big vote of confidence in Worcester, we all know it's a great place to live and invest.

"It's an intriguing idea and when you tie it in with the City of Culture bid, it's another very big step forward."

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9:51am Fri 18 Apr 14

brooksider says...

Can't we have a Worcester Eye?
Can't we have a Worcester Eye? brooksider
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10:16am Fri 18 Apr 14

danieled says...

brooksider wrote:
Can't we have a Worcester Eye?
No.
[quote][p][bold]brooksider[/bold] wrote: Can't we have a Worcester Eye?[/p][/quote]No. danieled
  • Score: 7

10:20am Fri 18 Apr 14

danieled says...

Let's hope it's better than the WW! memorial in Geluveldt Park and the monstrosity at the London Olympic site.
Let's hope it's better than the WW! memorial in Geluveldt Park and the monstrosity at the London Olympic site. danieled
  • Score: 2

11:41am Fri 18 Apr 14

CJH says...

Let's see a picture of it then. Half a story again...
Let's see a picture of it then. Half a story again... CJH
  • Score: 15

12:17pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Redhillman says...

The viewing tower will be too close to the cathedral and will interrupt some of the immediate views of the cathedral. An ideal location would either be in Diglis or near the Hive. And 70ft high? That's nothing. You'll barely get any views of the city centre, yet alone, the rest of Worcester. The cathedral is over 200ft high!
The viewing tower will be too close to the cathedral and will interrupt some of the immediate views of the cathedral. An ideal location would either be in Diglis or near the Hive. And 70ft high? That's nothing. You'll barely get any views of the city centre, yet alone, the rest of Worcester. The cathedral is over 200ft high! Redhillman
  • Score: 20

1:22pm Fri 18 Apr 14

New Kid on the Block says...

You would get a much better view across Worcester from Lansdowne Crescent looking out over the Canal towards the town centre.
Just not the ideal place to encourage lots of tourists to visit.
You would get a much better view across Worcester from Lansdowne Crescent looking out over the Canal towards the town centre. Just not the ideal place to encourage lots of tourists to visit. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 10

7:12pm Fri 18 Apr 14

jovialcommonsense says...

Demolish Elgar Tower at Shrub Hill and replace that with a viewing tower. Tourists arriving by train could have a good look round and decide where to go!
Demolish Elgar Tower at Shrub Hill and replace that with a viewing tower. Tourists arriving by train could have a good look round and decide where to go! jovialcommonsense
  • Score: 28

7:24pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Old Uncle says...

This is ludicrous what can you see from a tower (?) that is half the height of the cathedral and down in the river valley? Lansdowne Crescent, Gorse Hill area or up behind Lea and Perrins would make much more sense for viewing the city. This is just another way to waste taxpayer funds. You want to get attention - build a 1000 foot tower across from Diglis that could be seen from the middle of Birmingham.
This is ludicrous what can you see from a tower (?) that is half the height of the cathedral and down in the river valley? Lansdowne Crescent, Gorse Hill area or up behind Lea and Perrins would make much more sense for viewing the city. This is just another way to waste taxpayer funds. You want to get attention - build a 1000 foot tower across from Diglis that could be seen from the middle of Birmingham. Old Uncle
  • Score: 5

12:34am Sat 19 Apr 14

mijas4@live.com says...

It won't happen, it is another publicity stunt by a developer hoping to get his plans through. We read about these type of fantastic developments all the time but how many have actually come to reality. Wise up WN.
It won't happen, it is another publicity stunt by a developer hoping to get his plans through. We read about these type of fantastic developments all the time but how many have actually come to reality. Wise up WN. mijas4@live.com
  • Score: 16

10:15am Sat 19 Apr 14

Hwicce says...

Are we going to be lumbered with the word "cultural" in every planning application from now on in the hope that the planners can't see past the end of their noses and pass some new carbuncle on the face of Worcester just because its "cultural"?

There's nothing "cultural" about a tower in a hole. Try sticking it on top of Elbury Mount, it still won't be "cultural" but at least it will give a good view.
Are we going to be lumbered with the word "cultural" in every planning application from now on in the hope that the planners can't see past the end of their noses and pass some new carbuncle on the face of Worcester just because its "cultural"? There's nothing "cultural" about a tower in a hole. Try sticking it on top of Elbury Mount, it still won't be "cultural" but at least it will give a good view. Hwicce
  • Score: 11

10:31am Sat 19 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

CJH there were very good artists impressions in the actual newspaper.
CJH there were very good artists impressions in the actual newspaper. Jabbadad
  • Score: -4

10:41am Sat 19 Apr 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Jabbadad wrote:
CJH there were very good artists impressions in the actual newspaper.
We are not reading the "actual newspaper".
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: CJH there were very good artists impressions in the actual newspaper.[/p][/quote]We are not reading the "actual newspaper". New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 8

12:44pm Sat 19 Apr 14

liketoknow says...

I hope when they mention shops selling 'artistic' goods they don't mean tourist tat.
I hope when they mention shops selling 'artistic' goods they don't mean tourist tat. liketoknow
  • Score: 7

12:52pm Sat 19 Apr 14

liketoknow says...

sounds like 'pie in the sky'
sounds like 'pie in the sky' liketoknow
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2:05pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

Oh really new kid on the block , silly me I thought my comment would be recognised as just saying as I did CJH there were very good artists impressions in the actual paper.
Where confusion is there must be in your head new kid.
And may I say that quite often the reports printed in the paper differ to those on the NET.
Oh really new kid on the block , silly me I thought my comment would be recognised as just saying as I did CJH there were very good artists impressions in the actual paper. Where confusion is there must be in your head new kid. And may I say that quite often the reports printed in the paper differ to those on the NET. Jabbadad
  • Score: -8

9:18pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Jay1981 says...

so we cant have a new swimming pool but there waste money on a tower....
so we cant have a new swimming pool but there waste money on a tower.... Jay1981
  • Score: 1

11:50pm Sat 19 Apr 14

jovialcommonsense says...

Jay1981 wrote:
so we cant have a new swimming pool but there waste money on a tower....
Read the article.
[quote][p][bold]Jay1981[/bold] wrote: so we cant have a new swimming pool but there waste money on a tower....[/p][/quote]Read the article. jovialcommonsense
  • Score: 8

3:49am Sun 20 Apr 14

Supporting shops x says...

A lot of negative comments here ???? I hope someone knows what they are doing, any tourist attraction will help, royal Worcester site is close to city centre I hope it does happen and help us poor shop keepers to get more trade in town
A lot of negative comments here ???? I hope someone knows what they are doing, any tourist attraction will help, royal Worcester site is close to city centre I hope it does happen and help us poor shop keepers to get more trade in town Supporting shops x
  • Score: -3

8:07am Sun 20 Apr 14

green49 says...

Money be better spent elsewhere. The councils dont maintain all the places they got now so this would be another stupid waste of money.
Money be better spent elsewhere. The councils dont maintain all the places they got now so this would be another stupid waste of money. green49
  • Score: 5

1:52pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

Yep Green49 however i noted that Chris Jaeger is welcoming the suggestions about Worcester being a Cultural centre, and if there is one person in this city I would listen to it is Chris Jaeger who proved our politicians to be totally out of touch when they wanted to keep the Old Swan Theatre for a cronies and family run centre costing we tax payers thousands of pounds anually, when he has turned bothe Swann and Huntingdon Hall and other projects to be the most succssfull they ever would be, and unlike the description by a senior labour City councillor who said under Chris it would become as a bunch of ametuers under a Tin Roof barn. Well done Chris for your wonderful acheivements , Now here is a real case for the Freedom of Our City.
Yep Green49 however i noted that Chris Jaeger is welcoming the suggestions about Worcester being a Cultural centre, and if there is one person in this city I would listen to it is Chris Jaeger who proved our politicians to be totally out of touch when they wanted to keep the Old Swan Theatre for a cronies and family run centre costing we tax payers thousands of pounds anually, when he has turned bothe Swann and Huntingdon Hall and other projects to be the most succssfull they ever would be, and unlike the description by a senior labour City councillor who said under Chris it would become as a bunch of ametuers under a Tin Roof barn. Well done Chris for your wonderful acheivements , Now here is a real case for the Freedom of Our City. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

8:24am Mon 21 Apr 14

WRAA says...

I wonder what will be on this tower? No doubt revenue can be raised by renting it to the telecoms companies too !
I wonder what will be on this tower? No doubt revenue can be raised by renting it to the telecoms companies too ! WRAA
  • Score: -2

12:35pm Mon 21 Apr 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

Worcester Culture - an oxymoron?
Worcester Culture - an oxymoron? imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: -1

9:22am Tue 22 Apr 14

GOWorcester says...

imustbeoldiwearacap wrote:
Worcester Culture - an oxymoron?
Full of cap wearers
[quote][p][bold]imustbeoldiwearacap[/bold] wrote: Worcester Culture - an oxymoron?[/p][/quote]Full of cap wearers GOWorcester
  • Score: 2

9:23am Tue 22 Apr 14

GOWorcester says...

Supporting shops x wrote:
A lot of negative comments here ???? I hope someone knows what they are doing, any tourist attraction will help, royal Worcester site is close to city centre I hope it does happen and help us poor shop keepers to get more trade in town
Exactly!
[quote][p][bold]Supporting shops x[/bold] wrote: A lot of negative comments here ???? I hope someone knows what they are doing, any tourist attraction will help, royal Worcester site is close to city centre I hope it does happen and help us poor shop keepers to get more trade in town[/p][/quote]Exactly! GOWorcester
  • Score: 1

12:02pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

Yep with the Cathedral right there and the Friar Street Quarter there should be more investment around there. Worcester had a terrible decison taken to demolish the Lychgate and allow a Concrete jungle to be built. I also think that IF the traffic could be reorganised around the Cathedral area a lovely Plaza could be developed.
Yep with the Cathedral right there and the Friar Street Quarter there should be more investment around there. Worcester had a terrible decison taken to demolish the Lychgate and allow a Concrete jungle to be built. I also think that IF the traffic could be reorganised around the Cathedral area a lovely Plaza could be developed. Jabbadad
  • Score: 2

3:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

CT Rock says...

How about a set of giant radiators placed around the city?
How about a set of giant radiators placed around the city? CT Rock
  • Score: 0

7:00pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Mike67 says...

WN another dreadful article very amateurish.. When did a 75ft high tower start being described as 'massive' ? As most others have said it's small, only 10-11 tall men high ?
WN another dreadful article very amateurish.. When did a 75ft high tower start being described as 'massive' ? As most others have said it's small, only 10-11 tall men high ? Mike67
  • Score: 1

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