Little did Rob and I know that the mission would be quite so much hard work, and involve quite so much walking.
Armed only with charm, wit and our cameras (and a couple of very fetching safety harnesses) Rob and I ventured to the top of quite a tall building as part of what has been fondly dubbed ‘Project Umbrella’.
We only wanted to take some photos of the party umbrellas from a distance. But, standing in the foyer of Broadgate Tower, listening to the Building Manager laying down the law, I began to suspect this might not be so easy.
She was more of a “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house” than a “Love your neighbour as yourself” sort of person. And she was quite certain that coveters, neighbours or not, would have to pay the £250 booking fee, £168 for a security escort and present the appropriate documents and paperwork. Fair enough, it is the fourth tallest building in the city, it does have remarkable views and market-forces dictate. So, we thanked her very much and headed next door.
At Broadwalk House we were informed that the building manager wasn’t in. We moved quickly on.
Thus it was, with charm levels badly bruised, we found ourselves in the foyer of Broadgate West, asking for the building manager. One Alan Donnely. Who is a superstar. As are Cerise, Mary, Kirsty, Suzi and Shaz. Especially Shaz. Thank you all very much.
The rest, they say, is history. Or photography. Enjoy.
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