Work starts next week on Southampton's Sea City museum

Daily Echo: How the new Sea City museum will look How the new Sea City museum will look

WORK on Southampton’s £15m Sea City museum is due to start on Monday.

Hoardings will be put up around the Grade II listed former Magistrates’ Courts at the Civic Centre while the ambitious project gets under way.

Final planning permission for the construction of the museum – the biggest redevelopment in the 78-year history of the Civic Centre – was granted by councillors yesterday.

They approved amendments to the plans to allow the Havelock spur road to remain open to taxis and coaches after it was revealed the council did not have the budget to build a planned paved piazza around the entrance.

Councillors insisted the spur road area was revamped within five years to avoid being left with a “scruffy corner”.

During construction the road will be closed for 70 weeks for use as the main compound for the builders Kier Southern.

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The museum, due to open in time to mark the 2012 centenary anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in which 549 Sotonians lost their lives, will be a central piece of an emerging cultural quarter.

But, despite winning a £4.6m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, Southampton City Council will need to borrow millions to make sure it is built on time.

It could see taxpayers paying substantial sums in interest payments.

A further £5m will be found through fundraising and just under £4m from selling unspecified leisure and heritage “assets”.

The Daily Echo revealed a controversial plan to sell off works from the city’s £180m, largely hidden 3,500 piece art collection, was shelved in February.

The old magistrates’ courts and central police station will be transformed into two permanent exhibitions, entitled Southampton’s Titanic Story and Gateway to the World.

The main entrance and exit to the museum will be through the existing grand entrance on Havelock Road.

The existing entrance will be remodelled for lower ground floor access.

Once it is built the landmark museum could be handed over to a private firm to run to make sure it turns a profit.

The museum will create hundreds of local jobs and boost the local economy by attracting 150,000 visitors each year.

Councillor John Hannides, cabinet member for leisure, culture and heritage, said: “It’s very exciting that all the necessary permissions are now in place which will allow contractors to go on site over the coming weeks. Residents will now see that after all the talk, the high-profile Sea City Museum is a reality.

“The museum will bring great pleasure and pride for Southampton’s residents. It will show case the city’s heritage and will be great for the economy, drawing thousands of visitors to the city every year.”

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8:17pm Wed 29 Sep 10

The Mad Dog says...

I think it was Prince Charles you described an extention to the Tate Gallery as "a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved friend"
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I know exactly what he means now.
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The council seem to be carrying on where the lufftwaffe left off changing the face off the city
I think it was Prince Charles you described an extention to the Tate Gallery as "a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved friend" . I know exactly what he means now. . The council seem to be carrying on where the lufftwaffe left off changing the face off the city The Mad Dog
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9:53pm Wed 29 Sep 10

housewife says...

The museum will create hundreds of local jobs and boost the local economy by attracting 150,000 visitors each year.

HA HA
I hope Hannides has mortgatged HIS house on this fictitious figure.
WE will pay for this white elephant when all around it is being cut.

No money to pay libararians but lots for this monstrosity

BAD BAD decision
The museum will create hundreds of local jobs and boost the local economy by attracting 150,000 visitors each year. HA HA I hope Hannides has mortgatged HIS house on this fictitious figure. WE will pay for this white elephant when all around it is being cut. No money to pay libararians but lots for this monstrosity BAD BAD decision housewife
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10:22pm Wed 29 Sep 10

Redback says...

It's just another step closer to Sharia law for this once great nation.
It's just another step closer to Sharia law for this once great nation. Redback
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11:17pm Wed 29 Sep 10

arthur boutfaith says...

No ice rink?
No ice rink? arthur boutfaith
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11:19pm Wed 29 Sep 10

Linesman says...

Perhaps The Echo will print a picture of the actual drain that the council is pouring this money down.
Perhaps The Echo will print a picture of the actual drain that the council is pouring this money down. Linesman
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12:33am Thu 30 Sep 10

clausentum says...

Linesman wrote:
Perhaps The Echo will print a picture of the actual drain that the council is pouring this money down.
" . . . the actual drain . . . "

Be reassured, the contractor, Kier Southern, is a group encompassing many businesses including ( from their website ):

"ENVIRONMENTAL
& STREET SERVICES

Our growing client portfolio comprises local authorities, government agencies and private industry for whom we offer a flexible approach to a wide range of services. These include refuse collection, recycling facilities, waste management, grounds maintenance and highway and street care. With high standards of service delivery at the forefront of all our operations, our aim is to consistently exceed our clients’ expectations and deliver best value."

So, I guess they can both build and empty the "drain"?
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Perhaps The Echo will print a picture of the actual drain that the council is pouring this money down.[/p][/quote]" . . . the actual drain . . . " Be reassured, the contractor, Kier Southern, is a group encompassing many businesses including ( from their website ): "ENVIRONMENTAL & STREET SERVICES Our growing client portfolio comprises local authorities, government agencies and private industry for whom we offer a flexible approach to a wide range of services. These include refuse collection, recycling facilities, waste management, grounds maintenance and highway and street care. With high standards of service delivery at the forefront of all our operations, our aim is to consistently exceed our clients’ expectations and deliver best value." So, I guess they can both build and empty the "drain"? clausentum
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12:37am Thu 30 Sep 10

clausentum says...

The Mad Dog wrote:
I think it was Prince Charles you described an extention to the Tate Gallery as "a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved friend"
.
I know exactly what he means now.
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The council seem to be carrying on where the lufftwaffe left off changing the face off the city
He also talks to plants so may not be the most reliable source for anything??
[quote][p][bold]The Mad Dog[/bold] wrote: I think it was Prince Charles you described an extention to the Tate Gallery as "a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved friend" . I know exactly what he means now. . The council seem to be carrying on where the lufftwaffe left off changing the face off the city[/p][/quote]He also talks to plants so may not be the most reliable source for anything?? clausentum
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1:20am Thu 30 Sep 10

clausentum says...

Redback wrote:
It's just another step closer to Sharia law for this once great nation.
" . . . once great nation."

When was that, then?

In the Good Ol' Days of the British Empire, when we ruled one third of the World's population, stole their natural resources, plundered their ancient treasures, indoctrinated them into Christianity, hooked them onto cricket, and ritualised their days with afternoon tea comprising crumpets and limp cheese and cucumber sandwiches?
[quote][p][bold]Redback[/bold] wrote: It's just another step closer to Sharia law for this once great nation.[/p][/quote]" . . . once great nation." When was that, then? In the Good Ol' Days of the British Empire, when we ruled one third of the World's population, stole their natural resources, plundered their ancient treasures, indoctrinated them into Christianity, hooked them onto cricket, and ritualised their days with afternoon tea comprising crumpets and limp cheese and cucumber sandwiches? clausentum
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1:25am Thu 30 Sep 10

clausentum says...

clausentum wrote:
Redback wrote:
It's just another step closer to Sharia law for this once great nation.
" . . . once great nation."

When was that, then?

In the Good Ol' Days of the British Empire, when we ruled one third of the World's population, stole their natural resources, plundered their ancient treasures, indoctrinated them into Christianity, hooked them onto cricket, and ritualised their days with afternoon tea comprising crumpets and limp cheese and cucumber sandwiches?
Ooops. Forgot to mention when we ditched the Empire status and gave all those Nations their Countries back, we turned a moral blind eye to them almost exclusively, becoming one-man dictatorships. I guess, that's how "great nations" behave?
[quote][p][bold]clausentum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Redback[/bold] wrote: It's just another step closer to Sharia law for this once great nation.[/p][/quote]" . . . once great nation." When was that, then? In the Good Ol' Days of the British Empire, when we ruled one third of the World's population, stole their natural resources, plundered their ancient treasures, indoctrinated them into Christianity, hooked them onto cricket, and ritualised their days with afternoon tea comprising crumpets and limp cheese and cucumber sandwiches?[/p][/quote]Ooops. Forgot to mention when we ditched the Empire status and gave all those Nations their Countries back, we turned a moral blind eye to them almost exclusively, becoming one-man dictatorships. I guess, that's how "great nations" behave? clausentum
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7:40am Thu 30 Sep 10

Redback says...

clausentum wrote:
Redback wrote:
It's just another step closer to Sharia law for this once great nation.
" . . . once great nation."

When was that, then?

In the Good Ol' Days of the British Empire, when we ruled one third of the World's population, stole their natural resources, plundered their ancient treasures, indoctrinated them into Christianity, hooked them onto cricket, and ritualised their days with afternoon tea comprising crumpets and limp cheese and cucumber sandwiches?
Yes, that's the one! Willlow on leather, milkmaids with rosy cheeks, giving the colonials what for. Pip pip!

Glad to see we're on the same wavelength!
[quote][p][bold]clausentum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Redback[/bold] wrote: It's just another step closer to Sharia law for this once great nation.[/p][/quote]" . . . once great nation." When was that, then? In the Good Ol' Days of the British Empire, when we ruled one third of the World's population, stole their natural resources, plundered their ancient treasures, indoctrinated them into Christianity, hooked them onto cricket, and ritualised their days with afternoon tea comprising crumpets and limp cheese and cucumber sandwiches?[/p][/quote]Yes, that's the one! Willlow on leather, milkmaids with rosy cheeks, giving the colonials what for. Pip pip! Glad to see we're on the same wavelength! Redback
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9:39am Thu 30 Sep 10

Linesman says...

clausentum wrote:
clausentum wrote:
Redback wrote: It's just another step closer to Sharia law for this once great nation.
" . . . once great nation." When was that, then? In the Good Ol' Days of the British Empire, when we ruled one third of the World's population, stole their natural resources, plundered their ancient treasures, indoctrinated them into Christianity, hooked them onto cricket, and ritualised their days with afternoon tea comprising crumpets and limp cheese and cucumber sandwiches?
Ooops. Forgot to mention when we ditched the Empire status and gave all those Nations their Countries back, we turned a moral blind eye to them almost exclusively, becoming one-man dictatorships. I guess, that's how "great nations" behave?
This was probably because in virtually every country that we were in it was a case of 'divide and rule'. Cyprus was a typical example.
In the countries on the African continent, nothing was done to prepare them for self government. Until that time it was considered sufficient to teach the local population how to serve at table and do menial work.
When they took over the running of their own country they have had to pack centuries of our mistakes into a few years.
[quote][p][bold]clausentum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clausentum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Redback[/bold] wrote: It's just another step closer to Sharia law for this once great nation.[/p][/quote]" . . . once great nation." When was that, then? In the Good Ol' Days of the British Empire, when we ruled one third of the World's population, stole their natural resources, plundered their ancient treasures, indoctrinated them into Christianity, hooked them onto cricket, and ritualised their days with afternoon tea comprising crumpets and limp cheese and cucumber sandwiches?[/p][/quote]Ooops. Forgot to mention when we ditched the Empire status and gave all those Nations their Countries back, we turned a moral blind eye to them almost exclusively, becoming one-man dictatorships. I guess, that's how "great nations" behave?[/p][/quote]This was probably because in virtually every country that we were in it was a case of 'divide and rule'. Cyprus was a typical example. In the countries on the African continent, nothing was done to prepare them for self government. Until that time it was considered sufficient to teach the local population how to serve at table and do menial work. When they took over the running of their own country they have had to pack centuries of our mistakes into a few years. Linesman
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