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Liverpool Echo Arena

 

The new Liverpool Arena, built on the site of the old Kings Dock, on the waterfront next to the Albert Dock Complex. It is sponsored by the local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, and holds up to 10,000 people. Seen here in a test event last weekend, it is formally opened today (Saturday) with the first major concert for Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year, 2008.

At the far end is a new conference centre, sponsored by British Telecom. Both venues are heavily booked for the coming year. The building has been dubbed "the Scouse Bowl"  by the locals

Liverpool Echo Arena

 

The new Liverpool Arena, built on the site of the old Kings Dock, on the waterfront next to the Albert Dock Complex. It is sponsored by the local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, and holds up to 10,000 people. Seen here in a test event last weekend, it is formally opened today (Saturday) with the first major concert for Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year, 2008.

At the far end is a new conference centre, sponsored by British Telecom. Both venues are heavily booked for the coming year. The building has been dubbed "the Scouse Bowl"  by the locals

comments (10)

There's something about the colour and quality of the image in this shot. Can't put my finger on it. Was it a HDR blend?
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment Duanne, no it was not an HDR image, just a bit of processing in Photoshop.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 12 Jan 2008, 10:15
Like Duane, I think it has a lovely HDR feel to it. You know I'm a fan!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, seems I have created a HDR clone by accident.
Haven't come across this building yet Les - like the reflection.
Les Auld: It will not be properly finished untill the middle of the year Bernie, but the site is looking just grand. Thanks for the comment.
Amazing to think it has taken until now for Liverpool to have a building like this, although I think it is a bit undersize by to days standards at 10,000 seats!

The design works well, they have managed to avoid blocking the view too much with the squat shape. cracking picture Les.
Les Auld: The original proposition for this site as a new stadium for Everton football club but that fell through. There has been much debate over the capacity, I suppose it is all down to economics really. 80% of events will be less than 10,000 seated so is it really economical to build a stadium that will run at much less than capacity for over 80% of the time?

I do like the way the shape flows, when you see it from the river it does not block the view of the cathedral either and it does compliment the Albert Dock warehouses.

Thanks for the comment Alistair.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jan 2008, 14:47
This building has a satifsying shape to it - a bit like a large fish with a gaping mouth! I like the depth of colour you have captured.
Ingrid
Les Auld: Thanks Ingrid, it will look even better when they finish it.
Very nice composition Les and yet I am still looking for something in this picture which is tickling my eyes. Have you processed it?
Les Auld: A touch of curves and levels in Photoshop and application of the shadows/highlight adjustment. thanks for the comment Richard.
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 12 Jan 2008, 18:58
beautiful shot Les, love that imposing skysmile
Les Auld: Thanks Tim, just after the sunset that did not happen.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...has been sunny today
  • 12 Jan 2008, 19:35
I like this series of evening shots Les. I was only saying to my wife today that we really ought to try and visit Liverpool again...it's been years since we took the kids there.
Les Auld: There is plenty to see this year Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • England in the wet
  • 12 Jan 2008, 23:18
Err, I see it really fits in with the local buildings!

I won't say what I think about the city of culture thing, I remember the garden festival, and know how much the city needs proper investment.

The picture though, well, I like it. I think it's got amazingly rich colours and I love the reflections.
Les Auld: It does fit in with the newer buildings around it. There is still much debate and arguement about what should happen to the garden festival site, no clear way forward after so many years.

There is over one billion pounds being invested in Liverpool now, we can only hope that it is successful, it has been a long time coming though.

Thanks for the comment Ellie, I understand your feelings about CoC, but Glasgow did benefit hugely when it was its turn several years ago so there is hope.
  • kevin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Mar 2008, 23:05
great photo mate - well done!
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment.

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