University Arms Construction

university Arms hotel revelopment

A location I have never talked about before and one which is going through a radical transformation. The University Arms hotel, which stands proud on the corner of Parkers Piece was originally opened in 1830 and extended and renovated several times since, the hotel is currently undergoing a massive restoration which has seen almost the whole structure taken back to the bare steel and brickwork. As the hotel website states........

 "The works involve a comprehensive refurbishment of the interiors and the implementation of leading classical architect John Simpson’s scheme to replace the unattractive 1960s and 1970s extensions with attractive new classical buildings dramatically enlarging the hotel and giving Cambridge its much-needed world class hotel with excellent new rooms, a destination restaurant, bar, gym and conference facilities."

In other words a total renovation and redesign. Due to open at the end of the year the building is currently just a mass of scaffolding and steel girders and this is the subject matter of this week's image. I took several shots of the building works and to be honest they just looked like a "mishmash" of lines and colours. They didn't really work. The handful of shots I did like were of the crane which currently towers over the whole structure. 

There was a little bit of cropping with this image. The full shot has more of the building at the bottom but I felt that this detracted a little bit from the crane (the main subject of the shot). I also decided to turn the image black and white to create more of a silhouette effect to the image.

Just as a footnote, you might wonder where the weather vane at the foot of the shot comes into the equation. This is actually on the roof of the Map Tai Thai restaurant which sits next to the hotel (and will be the subject of a future blog post)!

 Taken with a Canon 70D with a Sigma 18-250mm Lens

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