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Friday Bench: Broad Quay

Early last Saturday morning on a very chilly day! This is just over the road from yesterday’s Blue Tower and was part of Bristol’s Millennium makeover of  The Centre. We moved offices to Temple Quay shortly after the makeover was completed, so I had little opportunity to enjoy this revamped area in my lunch hour.

The Blue Tower

I find it hard to believe I used to work in this building when it was regarded as one of the ugliest in Bristol. Now its been transformed into a very upmarket hotel and apartments. Our staff canteen is now a Thai restaurant.

I hope they’ve sorted out the air conditioning though – it got very hot in the main tower block during the summer and got hotter the higher the floor you were on!

Here’s a picture of what it looked like at the beginning of its transformation, in the guise much more familiar to me. According to this article, it narrowly avoided being demolished in 2003 and has now undergone a £20 million refurbishment.