Archive | November 2019

Phoenix Mills, Huddersfield

Conditions discharged to allow demolition of mil building in Huddersfield:

https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/planning-applications/search-for-planning-applications/detail.aspx?id=2019/93390

pheonix mills

The last of the old buildings down Leeds Road in central Huddersfield, permission was granted to level this site way back in 2014, but it looks like it will finally be dropped over the next few weeks.

Although an unassuming building, the stark silhouette of the mill is vital to the townscape of the Town centre’s fridge. The utilitarian architecture of the mill a reminder of the golden age of this town’s industrial heritage.

Sad to see that more B2 corrugated tin shacks will take its place, which offers a much lower intensity of land usage, and provides inflexible space. Victorian mills can be used in so many more interesting ways, and when utilised properly create hubs of diverse commercial and industrial uses; not jus artists’ workshops and vegan cafes.

Working Man’s Club, Baliff Bridge, Halifax

Application to demolish former Working Man’s Club at Baliff Bridge, Halifax

https://portal.calderdale.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PYZZTZDWKPV00

Baliff Bridge WMC

Most recently this building has functioned as a nursery which closed in 2013, which folded due to unpaid fees. It must have been a stretch for Martin Walsh Architectural services to claim in their Design and Access statement that the removal of this building and replacement by 4 houses would improve the street frontage in this area. Can an architect’s license be revoked?

This is a very interesting building, as it does not appear on maps until 1922, so it was likely erected in the first two decades of the 20th century. Yet the building looks to be 18th century in age, with the narrow coursed stone, mullioned windows, and stone tiled roof suggesting an earlier vintage.

Perhaps this building was constructed from repurposed material? I have not been able to find much information on the history of this building, so if anyone out there knows anything please get in touch.