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photoblog image The Radio City Tower

The Radio City Tower

What was originally known as St John's Beacon, and built as a chimney for the incinerators of the market at its base, this 440ft column had an observation deck, and a luxury restaurant that rotated through 360 degrees every half an hour.

After a series of damaging fires in the 1970s it remained derelict for years. The tower was then bought, restored, and reopened in 2000, as the studios of Radio City 96.7.

In high winds, the tower can sway up to 18ins, luckily it was designed to just that!

The Radio City Tower

What was originally known as St John's Beacon, and built as a chimney for the incinerators of the market at its base, this 440ft column had an observation deck, and a luxury restaurant that rotated through 360 degrees every half an hour.

After a series of damaging fires in the 1970s it remained derelict for years. The tower was then bought, restored, and reopened in 2000, as the studios of Radio City 96.7.

In high winds, the tower can sway up to 18ins, luckily it was designed to just that!

comments (5)

It has the look of 70's motorway service area architecture.
Les Auld: I know what you mean Bill, drab and grey but seen to be daring and modern at the time.
  • Chris
  • Lost in space!
  • 30 Nov 2007, 22:38
Wow, that's a lot of swaying Les, not sure I'd want to be up there?
Les Auld: Thanks Chris, not the place to have the soup when it's windy.
I like it Les and a great juxaposition with the moon - to me it has a 60's look, space race, tomorrows world and bakelite coffeee cups. Classic - and good that it has been restored.
Les Auld: Thanks Mike, definately a place of the sixties. Don't you just miss tomorrow's world, I wonder what they would make of todays developments, Raymond Baxter and Judith Hann tried their best.
Quite a strange combo of single images too, nice one.
Les Auld: Two images Nigel, the moon was actually there in the sky but not just at that place, so I moved it over a bit. Thanks for the comment.
An image of a singular building and with the enough history behind. You have presented/displayed it magnificently. The moon, was there? Very nice!
Les Auld: Thanks Jose, the moon was there, just not exactly wheer it appears in the picture.

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