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David Goldsmith


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Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 15.14hrs on Wed 11 Apr 12
Does not include ski racks ...



Video (includes GGI animation, 2-D), not directed by James Cameron:

[www.youtube.com]

London has a 60 million bill for this project (3 times the Cairngorm funi?) ... which is for the Mayor (a ski enthusiast) to justify!



Bad hair day



Edited 5 times. Last edit at 15.21hrs Wed 11 Apr 12 by David Goldsmith.
alan


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 15.41hrs on Wed 11 Apr 12
A Barnet Consequential of that spend would be worth 6m to the Scottish Government, that would go someway to funding a Glenmore Gondola! winking smiley
David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 18.23hrs on Wed 11 Apr 12
The cost quoted for this project is intriguing, since it seems to be at least double the cost talked about for gondola systems installed in much more challenging locations and weather conditions, up high mountains. I imagine that the lift stations will be comparable to anything we'd see in the Alps (or Aonach Mor - Nevis - for that matter). Clearly the pylons are out of the ordinary, and the foundations for those are probably unusual in terms of engineering.

There was a massive escalation from 25 million to 45 million and - now - 60 million for this project. Here's a report from Tom Edwards, BBC London Transport Correspondent, from last November ...

[www.bbc.co.uk]

Anyone have any comments on this?
alan


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 21.31hrs on Wed 11 Apr 12
I assume price of land and the fact the towers are not using 'off the shelf' components must have a significant impact on cost? Be interesting to see what % of total relates to the towers and how much of their cost is down to their design style.
Nelbert


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 22.07hrs on Wed 11 Apr 12
60 feckin mil for a gondola over a few hundred feet wide river?? I'm not a regular visitor to London but I'm very sure that the Thames has dozens and dozens of bridges over it.

Hard work living in these times of austerity eh? Or so they tell us, while on the other hand they are spunking billions and waving an open blank cheque book for a two week event most of the people paying for will neither see, nor care less about.

Absolutely ridiculous.
alan


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 22.49hrs on Wed 11 Apr 12
This gondola brought the VAT on public transport vs cableways situation to the heart of London, a 3/4s reduction in VAT rate on ski tickets, Chairlift and Nevis Gondola tickets that popped up in the Budget is very welcome !
Nelbert


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 21.05hrs on Thu 12 Apr 12
alan Wrote:
This gondola brought the VAT on public transport vs cableways situation to the heart of London, a 3/4s reduction in VAT rate on ski tickets, Chairlift and Nevis Gondola tickets that popped up in the Budget is very welcome !


Very welcome of course.

However the fact that you need to waste 60 million on a gondola in the centre of London to bring a change to that ridiculous law, when they have been ignoring the ski resorts for years, just highlights once again how south east englandshire is everything and the rest of us are the square root of nothing.
David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 21.27hrs on Fri 13 Apr 12
The sooner that the HS2 is built and then extended to Scotland the sooner that the UK's economy will be more networked and distributed."

An update on the construction of the Thames Cablecar - 'Emirates Air Line' - from Construction Index ...

[www.theconstructionindex.co.uk]

"The 50mm diameter wire rope runs 1.1km across the river. It was pulled into place and tensioned using a 12t winch located on the platform of the so-called South Terminal on Greenwich Peninsula."

"We used boats to make the initial rope connection during the short night-time window when the tide was at its lowest ..."


David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 09.17hrs on Tue 17 Apr 12
It's not clear to what extend the bubble will be completed for the Olympics, but here's a nice picture of two lifties:

[www.thisislondon.co.uk]


cmorrison


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 11.41hrs on Tue 17 Apr 12
Do you think it will take the DoT nearly a year after completion to send someone to declare it safe under the cableways directive?
David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 12.28hrs on Tue 17 Apr 12
I imagine the operators will want them there in the next 6-8 weeks!

Dramatic construction photos on the skyscrapercity.com site. Best ones are on pages 2-4 of this thread ...

[www.skyscrapercity.com]

One of the lift stations ...

[farm8.staticflickr.com]

And one of the towers ...

[farm6.staticflickr.com]


David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 09.33hrs on Mon 23 Apr 12
First test of running gondola cabins across the Thames:

[www.youtube.com]#!

Story + photos:

[www.greenwich.co.uk]



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David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 18.11hrs on Mon 30 Apr 12
The BBC has a new story on the commercial sponsorship of Boris's Bubble, involving scandal-ridden News International ...

[www.bbc.co.uk]

The phrase bleeped out of the video is revealed to be [language warning] ...

[politicalscrapbook.net] [check story filed at 3.49pm 30 April]


David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 15.59hrs on Thu 10 May 12
An update (retrospective) on constructing the 90m 'south tower' of the cablecar. This one ... on the Heavy Lift site ... will interest crane-geeks ...

[www.heavyliftpfi.com]
David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 22.40hrs on Tue 15 May 12
The BBC filed a news update today. No completion date confirmed yet, but all the cabins now appear to be 'online' ...

[www.bbc.co.uk]
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