**124-Portsmouth’s Spinnacker Tower Icon.

Choice of design shape decided by Portsmouth people.

Height 170-metres. opened 18th. October 2005. 600,000 visitors first year.Fees charged for visits.  Internal Lift. External Lift failed.  570 steps. Top Floor surface-glass.  Built by Mowlem- HEP Architects.  Engineering Consultants-Scott-Wilson. Information Wikipedia. 

See also Blog -123.

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**123-London’s Iconic Orbid Tower.

No involvement of London’s people in its choice of shape.

Site-London’s  Olympic Park-Stratford, London. Height-115 metres. Cost £19 million-donation from Laksmai -Mittal-Steel Magnate including £3,1 million from a London Authority. Design-by Amish Kapoor; Architect-Ushida Findlay. Construction overseen by Cecil  Balmond of ARUP.Steelwork by Watson Steel Structures, Ltd. of -Rowan-Severfield, Plc. ( Consideration being  given for a 3rd Floor restaurant). Visitors-estimated- 700-per hour. 2 x  viewing  platforms-capacity 150 each. Admission- £15-adults; £7-children. Rise by internal  lift, descend by 455 x steps’ staircase.       Comments- ” A drunken party-animal of a building”- Jonathan Jones, ‘The Guardian’-11/5/2011. Questions- Is the tubular steel -work- rust- proof-?  future maintenance cost & safety?.               Is ugliness a virtue?    See also Blog No 124.

Information-Wikipedia.  WILL THIS BE A LEGACY OF LONDON HOSTING THE OLYMPIC GAMES?