Archive | December 2014

Bonfire of the public assets

Another school building owned by local government, being expedited through the planning system and sold to a housebuilder with full permission to demolish.

Battye School

Of all the school buildings West Yorkshire is set to lose this is possibly my favourite from a design perspective.

Only Victorian Britains would deem it necessary to erect an ornate bell tower on a school building, presumably to instil pupils with a sense of pride – modern buildings tend to be predicated on function alone.

Robust and esoteric, this building would make a great conversion into flats. This road is going to appear odd without this school. We are fools to knock down these monuments to our golden age.

Remind me to laugh at Kirklees when in years to come they complain about not being able to afford to build schools for a ballooning population in years to come.


Tramway Pub. Sheffield

A nice little corner site on London Road in Sheffield was once home to this thriving pub. Long abandoned, it is a shame the premises can’t hold out a little longer for some gentrification, and a new lease of life as a wine bar.

The Tramway Pub – London Road

tramway pub

At present there are no plans to build here, so I am assuming the land will be utilised as a car park. This is a high street, and bit by bit it will be pulled down, leaving nothing. Planners need to figure out how they can stop wanton demolition. Lets get something enshrined in law soon.

Cute house in Barnsley

Tucked away in Hoyland, but still not minute enough to fall under the radar of the developer is this dwelling;

Hoyland, Chapel Street

38 Chapel Street Hoyland

Set back from the road and scaled down from the surrounding housing, this dwelling adds a lot to the streetscape. Lets hope whatever replaces it continues enhance the street in this way.