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Sid Fletchers Blog
|Posted on 24 September, 2013 at 1:59||comments ()|
Gives me great pleasure here at TBM to proudly announce that the Moore street substation, (opposite Waitrose) Sheffield was given Grade 2 listed status last week by English Heritage
The landmark building is becoming an increasingly popular favourite amongst Brutalist admirers both locally and nationally
Limited edition print-
A typical TowerBlockMetal take on things
Of course Brutalist Architecture has never sat comfortably with some - Don't they make everyone else aware of it ? Judging by some of the one liners in the Star there's the usual drizzle- I'm sure they'll go into meltdown if ParkHill wins the Stirling prize this Thursday
Anyhow some great shots here from some lucky Urbexers whom managed to gain access
And for the real Anoraks amongst you here's the notes from English Heiritage describing the Architecture and reasons for listing - not that the drizzlers ever get this far!
Pursuant to s.1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 ('the Act') it is declared that the electrical equipment contained within the substation is not of special architectural or historic interest.Selected Sources
|Posted on 19 September, 2011 at 14:45||comments ()|
Still tons and tons of interest and intrigue locally, nationally and (ahem) internationally regarding the developments at ParkHill
Apparently the show flats’ll be available for viewing from the 8th of October (form an orderly queue please) here’s what some of the papers have to say about the refurbishment–
Firstly lets start closest to home - here’s the Sheffield Star –
Towerblockmetal fans will be glad to see I actually responded against the tirade of miserable drizzlers who are happy to condemn ParkHill and other high density social housing projects to the dustbin; blaming the buildings themselves as causing many social problems -check out the reasoned and well thought out contributions by some locals !
Also check out sneaky pics of the PH showflats on the BBC page
Everyone has their 15 minutes of fame – well Roy Hattersley and Grenville Squires certainly managed 5 minutes of theirs on the OneShow ; talking about Park Hill - Roy Hattersley was involved in the commissioning of the estate from its inception in the 1950s and remembers well the ideals and visions of the planners at time ; Grenville Squires (now retired and semi legendary ) was the caretaker on ParkHill for the past 30 years and has always spoke vehemently in its defence.
Watching the clip i couldn't help but feel a bit sorry for Grenville, who has obviously dedicated so much of his time and effort into making ParkHill a positive place to live in and defended it from the doom mongers who've never been there. It felt like ParkHill no longer needed Grenville and he was obsolete; i sincerely hope this isn't the case . The man deserves a statue!
Not one to miss out on anything to do with ParkHill the unstoppable Single Aspect has been back in Sheffield again- to attend the recent Heritage days and also the "Brutalist Speculations" Conference at the Site gallery- the guy just can't stay away!
–Although I was regretfully unable to attend said conference due to my work committments I did manage to meet up several times for housing tours, cooked breakfasts, general Urban derive and many a few beer or ten - ( I'd like to think Single Aspect feels my city tours are better-could show Owen Hatherley a thing or two)
A nice add on to all this was our "Twilight tour" showing Senior staff of the 20C Society around the outer estates at dusk ; viewing the newly built Larkin Grove at Parson Cross, the city vista from Gleadless Valley and Norfolk Park and the finale ending up at the illuminated Moore Street Substation
Larkin Grove - Parson Cross
I can't say i'm overenthusiastic about the look;
too much like something off CeeBeeBies for me
..but there're certainly interesting
Also ParkHill has made the shortlist for the 2011
World Architecture Festival awards in the Future category
It is the only UK building to be shortlisted in its category (residential)
the only UK project to be shortlisted in its category
Also check this out from BuildingDesign
Any non believers that say Tower blocks don't work and can't be managed would do well to read the following article from the Guardian; demonstrating that with the right mix of tenants (who want to be there) and simple concierge – the most deprived housing areas can be made to function well for the urban setting . It is a good article also for believers to back up their arguments
Keep in touch folks - TowerBlockMetal mugs, cards and prints are now on sale at the Moonko stall in the Nicholls building Shalesmoor ,Sheffield
Grand opening event Saturday 24thb September
|Posted on 7 November, 2010 at 21:54||comments ()|
One of the perks.... well maybe probably the only perk!... of my employment is that I get the chance to cruise all around the city in the dead of night to many weird and wonderful places and get into the real under belly of the beast.
Now I am not suggesting for one minute that the junction of the Inner ring road and Moore Street /Eccleshall Road is the heart of the beast but it has always been home to one of Sheffield finest and somewhat overlooked Brutalist buildings .....which is now bathed in irridescent light...ladies and gents check out...
The Moore Street Substation
Okay Okay i took the pics on my mobile.... needs must ....no doubt I'll be back for more shortly
Personally I think its fantastic that it has been illuminated - the buildings a star anyhow, like many Sheffield 1960s city centre monoliths its loved and loathed alike
Like countless other folk for many years I was always intrigued by the building, particulary to the fact that there are no noticeable doors or windows, and no body has ever been seen around it or even trying to get in it! apart from pedestrians and Urbexers of course - on a humourous level I always likened it to Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory and imagined Oompa Lompahs making magical bars of chocolate inside.....that thought was very short lived though as my mind rebooted to its default, sinister, cynical
darkness, the structure then became the body recycling plant where surplus / dissidents civilians were turned into foodstuffs (like in the Orwellian film Solyent Green)
Apparently the lights were turned on at the end of Sheffield DesignWeek at the end of October - a small crowd gathered in the subway intersection to watch the official "switch on" by the original architect Bryan Jefferson who was proud to comment
"it is great that whilst I have friends whose buildings are being knocked down, mine are being floodlit - this is a very proud moment for me".
I have to say that given Sheffields wealth of iconic 1960s Modernist buildings and also the historic celebration of them - this event should've been better advertised. i for one would've been there, its obviously been on the cards for a couple of years. Incidentally the bill for it is approx £47K which i have no problem with but I'm sure other nay sayers will..
Check out the links below for more info