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.


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