SJ3490 : St Johns Beacon (Radio City Tower)

taken 5 years ago, 3 km from Birkenhead, Wirral, Great Britain

St Johns Beacon (Radio City Tower)
St Johns Beacon (Radio City Tower)
Viewed here from Houghton Street, St John’s Beacon was constructed between 1965 and 1969, primarily to provide a ventilation shaft for the St Johns Shopping complex below.

Standing 138 metres above sea level, it was the tallest structure in Liverpool until the 40-storey Beetham Tower West (140 metres) was built in 2004. The crow’s nest measures 86 feet in diameter.

The beacon became famous as a revolving restaurant, opening in 1970 until its closure eight years later. Following a brief re-opening as a Buck Rogers themed restaurant in 1984, the beacon remained vacant for almost 14 years, opening occasionally as a viewing platform for the general public. In 1999, the tower was refurbished at a cost of £5 million. The outdoor observation deck which had been located on the roof of the restaurant was transformed into a second floor; this now holds offices and conference rooms for the radio station. The studios are on the lower floor that used to be the restaurant. The original revolving structure and machinery were left intact during the refurbishment.

It reopened as Radio City 96.7 (and Magic 1548) in August 2000 and is known colloquially as “Radio City Tower”. The viewing gallery has been open to the public (upon payment of an entry fee) since Spring 2011 and provides excellent panoramic views of the city and beyond (LinkExternal link Radio City).

Link - Views from the Radio City Viewing Gallery
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SJ3490, 1304 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 27 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 30 April, 2015
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Communications 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 348 903 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.3769N 2:58.9239W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 348 903
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Tower  Chimney  Ventilation Shaft  Viewing Gallery  Viewing Platform  Radio City Tower 

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