Savoy Centre Renewal

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Re: Savoy Centre Renewal

Postby johnis » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:01 pm

I'm a small independant trader at the Savoy, have been for many years told my business is safe. I wonder what is in store now these plans have been ratified. I have been told nothing, have never been consulted over development, and don't even know what will happen during development. The whole thing sounds great, but where is the communication?
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Re: Savoy Centre Renewal

Postby Josef » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:18 pm

johnis wrote:I'm a small independant trader at the Savoy, have been for many years told my business is safe. I wonder what is in store now these plans have been ratified. I have been told nothing, have never been consulted over development, and don't even know what will happen during development. The whole thing sounds great, but where is the communication


Do you see a refurbishment/reconstruction having a positive impact on the custom of the small traders at the Savoy, j?

I confess I've only ever used the shoe repair (for a leather rucksack and a pair of boots - pretty good), the second-hand bookshop and the butchers.
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Re: Savoy Centre Renewal

Postby johnis » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:53 pm

Thanks Josef

It's hard to say. My family own the clothing alteration shop on the ground floor. We have been hoping, holding on for years for this news. It should have a positive effect. The plans however only give a hope that retail units will be preserved......sounds ominous to me. Historically, if units are lost, then only lease compensation applies, not business value. That would be the worst situation. As usual we are looking forward to being somewhat less than winners. We were raised in the Drum, we're used to it
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Re: Savoy Centre Renewal

Postby RapidAssistant » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:43 am

Thought I'd resurrect this one seeing I was in the Savoy Centre the other day....amazing how much it HASN'T changed since I was a kid.....but I assume that all the talk about big towers and knocking down the pedestrian bridge has all been shelved long ago?
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Re: Savoy Centre Renewal

Postby Bingo Bango » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:01 am

Assume so, RA.

Which is a shame in some ways and not so bad in others. Taking the tower out of the equation for a minute, removal of the pedestrian link could still be a good thing. Take away a section of the Savoy side road lane to make a lift/stair node on this side and it would rationalise the street layout somewhat here.

The tower on the other hand.....hmmm
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Re: Savoy Centre Renewal

Postby RapidAssistant » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:39 am

The existing tower is an eyesore, no doubt about that - all I see is a rather derivative late '60s/early '70s office building. Quite like to see it get demmied, unless Travelodge buys it and turns it into a hotel....Interesting that the Savoy Centre won awards back in the early 1970s for its architecture if I read correctly somewhere.
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Re: Savoy Centre Renewal

Postby SomeRandomBint » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:20 pm

I dunno, I quite like the tower. We're in danger of losing all our concrete buildings, and that's one which is at least not too intrusive on what's around it.

I like that The Savoy Centre still looks the same as it did when I was a kid in the 80s - it's a wee bit of nostalgia for folk of my generation. And it's the only indoor market that remains in the city centre, now the The Argyle Market and Candleriggs have gone.

The watchmakers on the ground floor is still my go-to place for a new watch battery as well. I just wish they'd get rid of the £&*$&*@ nightclub. HATE that place!
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