Time to open a Virtual Museum of Bath debate on what ‘cyber-viewers’ think of the AQ-Y (AquEye) idea of putting a viewing pod beside Pulteney Weir at the end of a crane-like (but slender and contemporary) structure that would lift viewers up into the air and then bring them down again.
The pod has been designed in Bath by award-winning architect Nicholas Stubbs and l am going to quote from the web-site that promotes it.
“AQ-Y is a revolving glass observation pod suspended between two slim, carbon fibre masts that rises from a horizontal position to a height of 65m, offering 360-degree views over the city’s Georgian rooftops.
Proposed to be built on Pulteney Weir Island, just down from Bath’s famous 18th century Pulteney Bridge, AQ-Y’s contemporary glass capsule will accommodate up to 25 guests embarking from the Parade Gardens.
The capsule will swing out over the river and in just 20 seconds will sweep passengers up above the roof tops to AQ-Y’s full height of 65m, giving guests stunning views over the Georgian city, including Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, the Bath Rugby stadium and the seven hills of Bath.
The full AQ-Y experience will take 20 minutes and could be enjoyed by over 250,000 people a year. Subject to planning permission, AQ-Y will begin operation in Spring / Summer 2017.”
Please take a look at the website yourselves via http://www.aq-y.com/about/about-aqueye/#sthash.IvgTFAd2.dpuf
Everything of course would depend on two things. Raising the capital to build the structure and getting planning permission to erect it. The project says it’s been welcomed by many in the city – including a wide range of businesses and organisations.
AQ-Y use their website to explain how they will raise the capital. Again l quote directly as follows:
“Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular way of raising finance for new products and projects by asking a large number of people for a small amount of money to help fund and show support for new products and projects. Crowdfunding is also helpful for market validation.”
My B&NES insider tells me there would not be any official council comment until after a planning application is submitted but entering the fray now is local businessman Dave Dixon.
He is a former B&NES councillor and deputy leader – and recently became one of several former serving members to be awarded Honorary Alderman/woman status for services to Bath.
Here’s Dave’s point of view and l hope to hear what others think too!
I know the project team are keen for as many people as possible to examine their plans and – hopefully – support their aims.They will welcome a debate if it keeps the project in the public eye. Their ‘crowdfunding’ idea will be launched in a month or so. It is a fair bet they will be looking at alternative sites but will have Pulteney Weir as their main objective.