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Start of demolition June 2014

Start of demolition June 2014

Demolition progress 10 days later

Demolition progress 10 days later


When a familiar building starts to be demolished what does it make you think?

  • ‘I hated that building anyway…’
  • ‘I never noticed that building before…’
  • ‘Why?’
  • ‘Where will all the demolition material go?’
  • ‘What a waste!’

This building is local to me and is an icon in the urban landscape. People seem to have a Marmite relationship with it. As with many concrete ‘brutalist’ buildings I love the form and ambition of the design, but as offices it probably wasn’t hugely comfortable to work in, so, time to move on?

June has seen the gradual removal of this building and the simultaneous construction of its replacement adjacent (central core and initial steel structure constructed already). At this rate the hole left by the demolition will be covered up almost seamlessly…as if erasing memories. Even the most controversial of buildings has sentimental value – often only recognised until it’s too late.

This building is no Tricorn Centre (click here for more information) but we do form deep cultural connections with our urban landscapes. The planning process offers the opportunity for everyone to debate changes to our environment; active engagement doesn’t guarantee a particular outcome but it can be cathartic and help minimise cultural scars.

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