If you are unique and world-famous, it’s but natural that the (at least) some folks in the world are going to follow your footsteps and dare to bootleg you. It’s a matter of pride, I believe. But the world’s only ‘seven-star’ hotel, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai doesn’t believe so and have called in a team of top international lawyers to fire a warning shot at Millbay’s lead developers, the English Cities Fund. The issue is they feel that concept designs for Millbay’s iconic new tower, Clyde Quay, resemble too closely their sail-shaped Dubai landmark. However, the folks at English Cities Fund don’t think so and they assert that they didn’t set out to rival the Burj Al Arab Hotel. They are delighted that the folks in the Middle East see the potential competition from Millbay as a fantastic tourist destination as well as a great place to live and work.
Under ECF’s proposals, the Clyde Quay tower is envisaged as being a slim and architecturally elegant building of the highest quality – something which will become a focal point for the new Millbay and of which everyone in the city can be proud.
The tower would be at the center of a bustling Mediterranean-style quarter on Clyde Quay, featuring bars, a café/ restaurant, and leisure facilities with views over the waterfront. Clyde Quay is the second major phase of work at Millbay, with work already well underway on Cargo – the first development in the £350million regeneration of the former docks. Cargo is on schedule to be completed by summer 2008, but already more than half of the 101 properties for sale have been bought.