Reality Estates That The Heroes Got: 4. Primrose Bank and Crete Street Tower Blocks

Montrose House and Primrose House: Partington’s short lived twin towers, on opposite sides of Ashton Road Throughout the United Kingdom, local authorities were given incentives to build taller tower blocks for slum clearance schemes. As well as heights, there were incentives to adopt experimental building systems. For example: Sectra, Bison, and Jespersen. As well as speeding…

Reality Estates That The Heroes Got: 3. Ashfield Valley, Rochdale

The foolish man built his house upon the marsh… If you visited Rochdale in the mid to late 1970s and had an interest in modernist and brutalist architecture, you were in for a treat. As well as its soon to be demolished bus station, you could place its brown clad shopping centre. You knew you…

Endangered 20th Century Buildings and Structures of Northern England: The Not So Perfect Ten

Architectural treasures under threat or once under threat of demolition, or insensitive development in Northern England The Economist, often an esteemed journal contained an article which echoed Policy Exchange’s plans for the development of Northern England. To be precise, we should mean non-development, controlled demolition, managed decline or a second Harrying Of The North. In other words,…

Preston Bus Station Now Grade II Listed Building

Victory for Bus and Architecture Geeks Euston Arch of the Motorway Age saved from possible demolition Cllr Rankin: ‘Very disappointing but not altogether unexpected’ If you’ve spent the best part of your formative years en route to Blackpool or Morecambe, there’s every chance you would have come across what was Britain’s biggest bus station. For…

A Modernist Mooch Around Oldham Town Centre

Modernist architecture within Oldham Town Centre For me, Oldham town centre has a lot to answer for in fostering my love of post-1945 architecture. The much derided St. Peter’s Precinct and its Civic Centre were my catalyst and the start of a love affair with the sculptural properties of reinforced concrete. Today, I know I’m…