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Radio City Tower, Liverpool
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Radio City Tower is a radio and observation tower in Liverpool, England, built in 1969 and opened by Queen Elizabeth II. It was designed by James A. Roberts Associates in Birmingham. It is 138 metres tall, and is the second tallest free-standing building in Liverpool and the 32nd tallest in the United Kingdom.When considering the height of the building, however, it has a 10m long antenna on the roof, making it the highest structure in Liverpool .HistorySt. John's Beacon (1969 - 1999)Near the top of the tower was a revolving restaurant, the facade and floor of the restaurant revolving as one unit, while the roof of the restaurant was used as an observation platform for visitors. There are 558 stairs up to the top, and two lift shafts which reach the top in 30 seconds.The tower is structurally independent of the adjacent shopping centre, with a simple foundation onto sandstone. The foundation is 60 feet in diameter, 17 feet deep and begins 40 feet below Houghton Street. It has a tapering shaft that was built using slip-formed concrete. The crows nest structure at the top was then added after the shaft was formed. The original restaurant closed in 1979 for health and safety issues. It re-opened as a "Buck Rogers" space-themed restaurant in 1983, but closed again due to lack of business. After this the observation deck and the restaurant remained closed.In the following years, the tower lay empty and derelict. Often dubbed an eyesore or a "White Elephant", an attempt to increase its attractiveness was made when blue "UFO style" neon strip lights were added to the perimeter of the tower in 1994 (later removed upon refurbishment).
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  • A must for Tourists and locals The views from the Viewing Gallery are STUNNING !! We could see right up the coast as far as Blackpool and North Wales .it is a 360 degrees panoramic view Amazing ! if y...  more »
  • We found the staff very helpful and they readily answered any questions or pointed out different areas. We chose the right day because it was clear and we had wonderful views of the surrounding areas 
  • You got a nice view over the city, a man was good at telling what we saw. Fun to get some up in height and see more of Liverpool
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