Baird Hall - Beresford Hotel

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Postby Simba » Thu Feb 16, 2006 11:07 pm

I know someone who stayed in Baird Hall I think. Surprised they allowed Changing Rooms into it to change it about!
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Postby McShad » Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:55 am

Went by it this morning.... the 3 centre columns have been painted RED!!!![size=12]

Looks awful in my opinion
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Postby Jazza » Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:34 am

Looks like it used to be mustard coloured with red stripes, which would have been worse.

Looks like a big adidas advert now.

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Postby gap74 » Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:23 am

The colouring scheme was mustard with red and black fins when new, so what you're looking at now is actually the closest it's been to original for about 4 decades! The red and black of the fins I think are tiles, not paint - I watched the workies one day undertaking the tedious task of scraping all the paint off them!

It's become something of a given now that when undertaking any sort of conversion of a listed building like this, the developers must at least restore the facade to its original appearance, even if they mangle the interior somewhat. Nodrog and I have been communicating with the council over the conversion of the Odeon in Renfield St, encouraging just such a move there too - it would be nice to see it restored fully on the outside at least, complete with the fairly extensive neon lighting scheme that outlined all the visible facades.

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Postby crusty_bint » Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:24 am

Have the fins actually been painted, or have they had paint stripped off them? Should have read the listed building report Nodrog posted...

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Postby gap74 » Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:29 am

In fact, I had my camera with me that day now that I recall, where did I put that pic....

Here it is!

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Postby crusty_bint » Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:38 am

Nice pic Gary! Now there's an archive shot if ever I saw one... cheers for posting :D
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Postby Sharon » Fri Feb 17, 2006 12:34 pm

The fins were all finished earlier this week and were looking very VERY bright , shiny and crisp.
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Postby Simba » Sat Feb 18, 2006 8:10 pm

I think it looks really good. I pass it most days when I get the bus from uni to work, so this week I suddenly noticed the change. Wonder how long it'll stay nice and bright and white/cream/clean for!
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Postby LJM » Sat May 27, 2006 7:34 pm

Simba wrote:I think it looks really good. I pass it most days when I get the bus from uni to work, so this week I suddenly noticed the change. Wonder how long it'll stay nice and bright and white/cream/clean for!


My friend has just bought one of the flats. If she has anything to do with it will stay nice and bright and clean for a long time!! :)

I am glad they have tried to restore the facade to as close to the original as possible. The red is quite bright but I think it works.
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Postby The Voyageur » Sat May 27, 2006 11:02 pm

Apparently the G1 group are opening a pub/bar in it once it's finished.
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Postby Dexter St. Clair » Sun May 28, 2006 8:05 am

In addition to The Library/Beresford/Ocean's 11?
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Postby YokerBloke » Sun May 28, 2006 10:42 am

Would love one myself, so much easier for work and the gym.
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Postby The Voyageur » Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:46 pm

Dexter St. Clair wrote:In addition to The Library/Beresford/Ocean's 11?


Yip, walked past it today and there's a large banner advertising for bar staff etc. Might be a club in fact.
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Postby The Voyageur » Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:10 pm

I believe some of the flats are now up for sale. Has anyone had a look inside the building yet?
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