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cheesylion

Science Centre/Glasgow Tower

Some pics from today.

Top of the tower


Tower front the front


Tower from the back


Helechopterinos


Tall ship


Reflections


Windmilly thing


d=vt apparently


Sign


imax


Sign (with uni tower hiding behind)


Uni tower


Declan & imax


Science centre


Curious Declan


Reflections


Tower model


Delorean?


Graving dock


imax


Science mall


science mall & imax


The clyde


Tall ships and helicopters


Dec enjoys the view


Helicopters


Uni tower through the rain


Dec enjoys the view


"The people look just like ants"


One of my colleagues at work


View from the lift before descent
Alex Glass

Good idea for a thread Cheesy.

I am sure those who have been up the tower will want to post their photos here.

Unfortunately I haven't been up there yet. Will need to make a point of putting this on my to do list.

Stuball

Re: Science Centre/Glasgow Tower

cheesylion wrote:

D=VT apparently



d=vt..... must be lower case because D=VT means something else and lkely wrong.

d=vt is distance = velocity x time

The other side is F=ma.... Force = mass x acceleration
cheesylion

Re: Science Centre/Glasgow Tower

Stuball wrote:
d=vt..... must be lower case because D=VT means something else and lkely wrong.


Oops, changed it!!  
Stuball

my fav was always S=ut+½at²
Stuball

Are they trying to save power?




Contraption



Cool wall





Subzero picnic spot

Lone Groover

Stuball wrote:
my fav was always S=ut+½at²


poodiecat

poodiecat

Stuball wrote:


Contraption





Cracking photo, Stu  
xxx zos xxx

wee minx

Stunning Zolita  
fastnet

I wish i could take pics as good as these.........but here are some efforts..



cybers

Fastnet Buddy I think you don't give yourself enough credit.
Minxy Ohhh Shiny ... Just wondering with all the wee steelalloy panels that are
appearing all over scotland was there a chinese job lot on ebay or sommit.
namestain

GSC Tower

Not the distant past  - 1999-2001,

finally going to post a few of the digital shots I took - kodak camera circa 1999 so not a patch on the DSLRs everyone seems to have slung round their necks these days . . .


Very deep hole - extra long-armed excavator required,


It's wee brother is lifted down to finish the job,


Concrete is placed in the main base slab by pump,


Work continues on the other buildings,


Upper bearing ring takes shape - manufactured in Yoker,


The cone is constructed on site - again fabbed in Yoker,


Cast bottom section of the cone c/w base bearing get lowered into position. It was this bearing which was to cause so many problems later ( after I'd gone !)


first view of the trial-assembly of the tower in Poland,


the first 2 sections being assembled to the left of the picture ready to be lifted into position.
discominer

Excellent stuff. Thank you.
Stuball

Great set of photos. The science centre looks remarkably flimsy in the last picture
Doorstop

Re: GSC Tower

namestain wrote:


Upper bearing ring takes shape - manufactured in Yoker,

The cone is constructed on site - again fabbed in Yoker,


Ladies and Gentlemen, at last - the real reason why it's never bloody worked.  
wee minx

Excellent photos Namestain   , hope you have got more?
namestain

hunners weeminx - wish I'd had some of your special calming wallpaper on that job  

just trying to pick out the most interesting - a lot of them are a wee bit "technical" . . .

here's the other buildings a bit further advanced,


"wing" sections delivered from Poland and ready to go,


The tunnel leading from the main building to the tower,


The first section in place and No. 2 being lifted over. You can see a section of the main building cladding being lifted in the background,


One of the sections viewed from below during installation. You can see the spiral escape stair which we got so familiar with but hopefully the public won't get to see,


Some typical installation work. On the slab you can see the lift mast sections waiting to be erected,


The 1000t crane which was on site for almost 6 months erecting the tower and finishing with the cabin and the mast,
Doorstop

These are great stuff NS .. and feel free to post the technical stuff.

Some of us are no strangers to a spanner and would like to see and hear the nuts and bolts of the whole construction of the beast.
namestain

Now before anyone asks - NO I DID NOT GET TO MEET PHILIPPA FORRESTER.

If you look closely you will spot a younger namestain ( who got cheesed-off about being referred to as an engineer at the time    but has mellowed since )

when we went on top of the Moat House ( or whatever it was called that week ) I managed to take a few photos which I will look out and scan.

If any of the mods can tell me how to tidy up the youtube part of this post i'd appreciate it  

Moderator Edit

All you need is the code inside the < embed > < /embed > tags (including those tags).

Delete the rest.


namestain

thankyou to that moderator  
namestain

one last one for just now,


hillmanimp

namestain

Those photos are incredible, especially the ones from up high

How did you take them?  Were you dangling from a crane or summat?

Imp
namestain

put simply, if that big crane didn't lift for a week it cost a certain amount of money and if it did then it cost a whole lot more.

so . . . once the subcontractor made a lift out came the camera and off I went in the manbasket.

I don't have a problem with heights so dangling 150m above the Clyde wasn't a problem but one or two folk found it a bit of a white knuckle ride.
hillmanimp

namestain wrote:
put simply, if that big crane didn't lift for a week it cost a certain amount of money and if it did then it cost a whole lot more.

so . . . once the subcontractor made a lift out came the camera and off I went in the manbasket.

I don't have a problem with heights so dangling 150m above the Clyde wasn't a problem but one or two folk found it a bit of a white knuckle ride.


namestain

Interesting!   I would be fascinated by something like that, but unfortunately I belong to the white knuckle brigade

Imp
wee minx

I would have loved that  
Doog Doog

An excellent set of pics,Namestain.
I'll tell you what,I wouldn't be as much in the white-knuckle brigade.
More the ranks of the brown trouser battalion!  
namestain

You're not alone Doog

In the picture of the 2 lads working with harnesses on you'll see a guy standing on the slab.

He was the site supervisor for the German firm who manufactured and erected the superstructure. I never saw him above ground level during the entire 7 or 8 months he was supervising the erection !

A brilliant guy who by the way also supervised the construction of the roof of the stade de france in Paris.
John

namestain wrote:
You're not alone Doog

In the picture of the 2 lads working with harnesses on you'll see a guy standing on the slab.

He was the site supervisor for the German firm who manufactured and erected the superstructure. I never saw him above ground level during the entire 7 or 8 months he was supervising the erection !

A brilliant guy who by the way also supervised the construction of the roof of the stade de france in Paris.


I am a site supervisor too like yer German man and also find that i`m spending more time "on the deck" now due to copient amounts of paperwork and also a bit of pride in that I have trained my guys to near enough perfection.
If I have to go up these days it means there is a problem or I wanna take a pic  
namestain

been scanning some of the "real" photos I took,


namestain

photo mentioned earlier in the thread, taken from the roof of the hotel while accompanying some BBC folk.

This was the first time I was in the hotel having worked on it's foundations 12-13 years earlier.


namestain

this is the timber former which was created during the production of the GRP cabin,


and this is the cabin itself after the former was removed - I forget now why it had to be turned over.


Cabin just about to be lifted off the ground so that the skirt could be fitted,


Christmas eve 2000 and the cabin got within a foot of being installed before the weather worsened and we had to send it back down ( actually installed on boxing day ) You can actually see the bad weather coming over the hill in the background - just as I did at the time.
Alex Glass

Wow

This site just gets better and better.

Thanks Namestain for sharing these unique photos. Sure there will not have been many people seen these photos before.
Beano

Top class photo's Namestain      
discominer

These photos are such a treat. Thank you Namestain.
John

Amazing pics there namestain, I held back fron commenting incase there were more to come, its an education to see the structure being built from scratch, who knows I may be in charge of demolishing it in 10 years time  
namestain

a few more, and thanks for the comments - very much appreciated. It's a pleasure to share these.

Scary - please don't forget to call me when it happens - if you knock it in the right direction we could get a smashing footbridge to the graving dock  



one of the aviation warning lights on a section still being lifted into position,


Top of the mast showing the top warning light which I used to see as I came along the M8 at Newhouse - back when it was still working that is )


base of the mast showing connection to main tower, electrics for top light and the pulley system to haul some daredevil up to the top to change the lamp . . .


scaffold at the base of the tower to complete cladding - while in place this was probably the worlds only revolving scaffold . . .


the manbasket was used to lift plant and materials up to the lads working at high level,


the view down the liftshaft,


GSC were nice enough to give me a copy of this - I think the original may be on the wall in the cabin.
Stuball

The top light hasnt worked since it was hit by lightning during that big storm a few years ago. Science centre staff were quick enough to tell me it is grounded and impossible but I saw it happen
namestain

i've been out of the loop since I left the project just after handover but there was definitely a copper spike at the top - I don't think you can see it in the photo - but it was about 500mm long and sat on my desk for a while before being fitted just before the mast was erected.

it's just possible I happened to write my name on it with an indelible marker . . .

You can see the lightning conductor tapes that provided continuity between there and the main structure.

Down in the base area the bus bar provides continuity from the rotating section onto the foundation. Pretty much like any building but slightly complicated by the rotation of course.

For my money the base and all its gubbins are the most amazing part of the tower and are largely obscured by the exhibition etc.

wrt the top light, throughout construction we were at great pains to make sure there was always a red light on the top of newly erected sections - this was probably what earned me my helicopter flight . . .
Doorstop

namestain wrote:


it's just possible I happened to write my name on it with an indelible marker . . .




My name is scrawled across the back of a main switchboard deep in the bowels of HMS Ocean.

Ultimately juvenile but superbly satisfying somehow.
namestain

on a certain prison job someone ( not me ) scrawled "remember, a lifer's not just for christmas"

we were made to remove it pretty quickly.

btw I now aspire to have Doorstop's quote on my gravestone : Ultimately juvenile but superbly satisfying somehow

Doorstop

cybers

Great set of photo's never had the pleasure of actually going up it as yet but had the misfortune of hearing it creak and groan in the dead of night so that was not exactly conducive to penciling in a date

As for fitting epitaphs there is a cracker in a cemetery in Bricktown NJ in tiny small letters it says "Your standing on my balls" next time i am over i really need to photograph it  
AlanM

get yourselves up there - the view is fantastic

Heres a few from the top to whet your appetite







Doog Doog

AlanM wrote:
get yourselves up there - the view is fantastic

Heres a few from the top to whet your appetite





Alan,is that the Douglas Mission in the pic?
AlanM

Its Govan Town Hall
Doog Doog

Thanks Alan.
namestain

can't remember if i posted this before - the only decent pic i ever took from the top.

Haven't been up since it opened - too stingy !

great pics Alan - including firhill at the extreme right of the big one, if the match is a bit dull I can at least see the tower - this almost never happens of course.

namestain

a few more pictures from my files,

this is the main bearing ring being preassembled at Yoker. The ne'erdowell in the photo is me.


The bearing ring has now had the sections at the bottom of the main wings attached ( it's upside down still ). I'm in the picture once again. If you visit the tower these are the large steel sections adjacent to the bottom level lift entrance.


Following pre-assembly the bearing rig was stripped back into three sections - here the front section is being installed against the rollers,


here'sa better view of the rollers a few days earlier,


This is one of the 4 special rollers which is provided with the sprockets which connect to the chain and power the tower via 6kW electric motors.


A fairly typical day at GSC showing the variety of cranes we co-ordinated,


My right hand man down at the very bottom of the tower - on HIS left is the bearing which caused so many problems later.
John

Great inside info and pics mate  
Doorstop

+1.

Excellent stuff mate .. very interesting and highly informative.
cybers

Scary wrote:
Great inside info and pics mate  


And a thought just hit me there...

We have a member who put it up and probably a member who will take it doon  
wee minx

Superb I have to say I always enjoy looking at the tower, even if there are problems, it's still a beautiful piece of engineering, and artistically stunning.
cybers

Got to agree with you there minx,
Even with its inherant problems it still adds something to the skyline and i have to admit to actually like its modernist styling.
In fact it offsets the travesty that is the cheese wedge shaped over priced shoebox apartments.
John

Very True cybers and Minx

BTW Namestain, does the tower have a lifespan ?
namestain

good question Scary ( kind of surprising that the 2 of you were discussing it at 4.40am though . . . )  

With proper maintenance (which most building owners just don't budget for ) it should last a long, long time 50-100 years. That's certainly what the designer's specified the materials to achieve. Thank goodness it was constructed to allow the bearing to be changed out fairly easily - I remember saying as it went in that I would be an old man when the replacement process we planned in such detail was carried out . . .

On a slightly different note, as a young engineer in 1986ish I worked on the new Herald press building at the top of Albion Street - demolished to make way for flats less than 15 years later !
Stuball

I remember hearing about the original plan for the tower location being St Enoch's Square.... but they changed their mind for worries about traffic etc
cybers

namestain wrote:


On a slightly different note, as a young engineer in 1886ish


I need to stop reading on here with a migraine lol as i swear thats what it said  

Stu please do elaborate some more if you can. I had never heard that one but was told the original proposal was for the other bank so it would make sense.
namestain

He's absolutely right - the tower design was produced for a competition in the early nineties to put a landmark in St Enoch Sq.

Funding was the real problem and the idea ( which had been shelved ) was resurrected by the team who were putting together the science centre c/w £75M of lottery cash.

it would have been pretty impressive in the city but to be honest out on the quayside looking west just seems a natural place for it.

Often wondered how we would have dealt with the proximity of the subway line in St E square - it would have been handier for Greggs though . . .

1886 !!!! that would have been back in the days when me and Scary wore top hats out on site . . .
cybers

namestain wrote:


Often wondered how we would have dealt with the proximity of the subway line in St E square - it would have been handier for Greggs though . . .

1886 !!!! that would have been back in the days when me and Scary wore top hats out on site . . .


That would be handy for Greggs too .... somewhere to keep yir sausage rolls.
Chris61

Doog Doog

Nice one,Chris
Chris61

Doog Doog wrote:
Nice one,Chris


Thanks Doog  
BTJustice


riverside cycle 08/11/09 5 by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr
Doorstop

These shots are all extremely inspiring guys.

Sterling stuff.
fastnet

great pics folks......Fogot this thread was on here.....

Chris61

I'm really liking that one Fastnet   Some really beautiful colours and great reflection

Almost same shot as mine BT  
fastnet

fastnet wrote:
I wish i could take pics as good as these.........but here are some efforts..





Chris......I was just looking at this thread and I posted these pics over 2 years ago on it.

I'm quite pleased that my pics have got a wee bit better.
Chris61

Great progress  
Beano

Doorstop

Oooooofffffttttt ... !!!  

Get.

fecking.

In.


Lovely.
Lone Groover


Tower reflected by Dave Trott, on Flickr


Science Centre Tower by Dave Trott, on Flickr


From Graving Docks HDR 2 by Dave Trott, on Flickr


Imax Dome by Dave Trott, on Flickr
cybers

all belters  
Doog Doog

cracking pics,lads
hillmanimp

Doog Doog wrote:
cracking pics,lads


Agreed!   Absolutely stunning!

Imp
KyleGallacher

Millenium Tower

Have been sat wondering if it is somewhat "possible" to gain access to the Millenium tower beside the Science Center?

Obviously it looks like there may be one hell of a climb via the ladders but would it be possible to get into the lower part of the tower top where it is outside and pictures would be "possible"?
cybers

I think if attempted we would read about your "SPLAT" in the morning papers.

You never actually expected anyone to answer this publicly did you ? Though do be careful as I am sure when you arrive at the site the first thing you will notice about the tallest free standing faulty structure in Glasgow is the amount of CCTV looking at it.
KyleGallacher

half figured i wouldn't get an answer, but I figured that I would enquire anyway. I work occasionally in the science center and have been intrigued about the tower.
AlanM

Some pics from when it was open


Govan Town Hall by 1Alan_M, on Flickr


From here to way over there! by 1Alan_M, on Flickr


View from the Glasgow Tower by 1Alan_M, on Flickr


Clyde Bridges by 1Alan_M, on Flickr
James

Glasgow Tower opens to the public for the first time in four years after revamp (© Evening Times)

A tourist attraction offering stunning views over Glasgow and beyond has reopened to the public for the
first time in four years.


The Glasgow Tower, part of the city's science centre, has been relaunched after £1.8 million was spent
refurbishing the 127m structure, including fixing problems with its lifts. It offers visitors views across the
city, taking in some of its most famous landmarks, including the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre,
the new Hydro, the Clyde Arc, or the Squinty Bridge as it is known, Glasgow University and Ibrox Stadium.

The £10 million tower, which is the only structure in the world capable of rotating 360 degrees into the
prevailing wind, first opened in 2001 but was beset by problems. Lift failures led to an incident in 2005
when 10 people were trapped for several hours while other maintenance problems resulted in closures,
with the tower eventually shut in 2010. The science centre entered court proceedings against the contractors
of the structure and received compensation, which partially funded the refurbishment work.

Science centre chief executive Stephen Breslin said: "We are very excited to be reopening the Glasgow
Tower this weekend. We had a number of engineering issues that we had to resolve and for the last couple
of years we have focussed on finding a solution. We are very confident that we have found that solution
and we have been implementing it for the last eight months, and we are now at the point where we are
ready to reopen the tower.

"We have completely redesigned the lifts, so it is a much lighter design which minimises the wear on the
racks. We have implemented a number of safety measures which mean that nobody should ever be stuck
in the lifts again. We are hoping that many thousands of people over the remainder of the summer will
come and visit."

The tower reopens to the general public this weekend but some people, Science Centre Passport holders,
were allowed up to the top today to celebrate the occasion.



James H
James

Engineers confident that tower won't close again (© Evening Times)

Glasgows's Tower has re-opened to the public after a £1.8million refurbishment.


The tower, which stands at 127 metres high - the equivalent of more than 30 double decker buses - is
capable of rotating 360 degrees, but has spent nearly 80% of its life out of commission. Science Centre
bosses were expecting a rush of spectators for the attraction's opening weekend. However, one lucky
Evening Times reader has already enjoyed a bird's eye view of Glasgow from the top of the tower.

As revealed in later editions of yesterday's Evening Times, Andrew Montguire, a 22-year-old from Parkhead
won our competition to be the first person to visit the top of the only building on the planet capable of
rotating 360 degrees. Andrew took his brother David, sister-in-law Claire Pearce and nephew Scott McAulay
as his guests for the trip.

He said: "It was a really awesome thing to do. I'd always wanted to go up it. I'd even asked at the
Science Centre before and they said it wasn't open. So when I saw the competition I entered straight away.
I used to work at the Crowne Plaza too, so it's always been something I've watched."

Our winner and his three guests were treated to a short history of Glasgow before taking the two and a
half minute elevator trip to the top. Then they were able to take in 20-mile views over Glasgow and beyond
and explore a virtual panoramic view on iPads and zooming in on different places.

Andrew, who works at the Tesco in Parkhead, said he wasn't put off by the tall building - but one member
of his party was. He said: "My brother is scared of heights. But in the end he loved it and he said he
would do it again. It's a really great for a family, it's something different to do."

The tower has only been in operation for just over a fifth of its life. It missed its opening day in June
2001, as well as the visit of the Queen to the Science Centre a few weeks later. When it did finally open,
it was found the glass elevators were too heavy, causing the mechanism to overheat. Then it closed for
two-and-a-half years because one of the ball bearings which took the weight of the whole structure had sunk.

In January 2005, 10 people, including four children, found themselves trapped 150ft in the air when a cable
on their lift snapped, sparking a five-hour rescue mission. However, engineers say there is no risk of any
mishaps this time around as they have built in a number of safety features. An automatic override kicks in
when there are high winds above 20 miles per hour which means passengers will be gently brought back
down safely.

Tickets to Glasgow Tower cost £4.95. To book tickets call 0141 420 5000 or drop into Glasgow Science Centre.



James H
Hawick_1987

"Engineers confident that tower won't close again"

cybers

Quote:
An automatic override kicks in
when there are high winds above 20 miles per hour which means passengers will be gently brought back
down safely.


The last thing ever to do 20mph in the city is still a Firstbus ahead of schedule...      
Marblez

It seems rather convenient that is has been "fixed" just before the games are about to start .... or am I just being cynical ?
Glasgow Loon

Goes on fire tonight:-

Fire tackled at Glasgow Science Centre tower

Fire fighters have been called to the newly-reopened Glasgow Science Centre tower.


The troubled structure was reported to be on fire at about 20:00. The crew of HMS Bangor,
which is moored on the River Clyde near the centre, were reported to have put out the
flames before the fire service arrived.

The £5m tower opened on Saturday, after being closed for almost four years because of
technical problems with its rotation mechanism. The tower, powered by four manually
controlled motors, is said to be the only structure on Earth capable of rotating 360 degrees
into the prevailing wind.

It holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest, fully rotating free-standing structure in
the world and is also the tallest free-standing structure in Scotland. The refurbishment of the
tower has added a new interactive visitor experience area at its base and new technology in
the viewing cabin.

Visitors to the viewing cabin are able to take in 20-mile views of Glasgow and its surroundings
on a clear day. The tower initially closed four years ago after it was found the glass elevators
were too heavy, causing the mechanism to overheat, while one of the ball bearings which took
the weight of the whole structure had sunk.

The Science Centre planned to keep the tower open during its summer season before closing
on 2 November for the winter.
James




James H
Hawick_1987

DavidMcD316

Fux sake what a absolute riddy.

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