Building of the month
Each month we highlight a building of our period, at home or abroad, that we think deserves attention.
Bradford Odeon (formerly New Victoria/Gaumont)
Words and pictures by Mark Nicholson
The Bradford Odeon building currently faces a very uncertain future on two counts. Disused for eight years, the submission of a planning application to demolish it co...
Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow
Words and pictures by Professor Alan Pert
The Barrowlands, or The Barrowland Ballroom was originally built as a dance hall. It was designed with excellent acoustics for the unamplified orchestras which formerly graced its stage, and a sprung dance fl...
Liberty Hall, Dublin
Desmond Rea O'Kelly, completed 1965
Text and photos: Paddy Cahill Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland, has fewer high-rise buildings than most of its European counterparts. Even so, plans are under way to demolish the cit...
Mount Lane, Chichester, W Sussex
Powell & Moya, 1949
Text and photos by Nevil Hopkins Because of Chichester’s almost overwhelmingly Georgian appearance, it seems an unlikely setting for twentieth century architecture, but there are gems to be found. The most celebrated is wit...
St Mary’s, Leyland, near Preston, 1961-4
Text and Images by Robert Proctor Despite its sudden expansion in the 1950s with the arrival of the car industry, Leyland remains a pleasant Lancashire town of Victorian terraced cottages and suburban greenery. It would seem an unlikely setting for ...
The New Museums Site building by Arup Associates, 1966-74
Text and images by Barnabas Calder This is Cambridge’s most elating piece of Brutalism. No other post-war building in the city has such a Piranesian charge to it, nor such elegantly ostentatious engineering. By the mid 1960s the university had be...
Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall
Text and Images by David Walker Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall is often considered the last work of Sir Basil Spence. It was completed on 29 November 1976, ten days after the passing of its architect. But Spence had in fact been commissioned in ...
Kingsway Health Centre, Widnes
Austen T Parrott for Widnes Borough Engineers' Department
Text and all photos: Eddy Rhead Even its most staunch supporter would be hard pressed to claim that the town of Widnes, on the banks of the River Mersey, is a beautiful place. It is ...
Heelands Housing, Milton Keynes
Summersgill to Ellisgill Courts off Langcliffe Drive, Local Centre and Sheltered Housing, Glowers Lane, Heelands, Milton Keynes
Commenced on Site: 1976
Client: Milton Keynes Development Corporation
Architect: Henning Larsen
Executive UK architect: Pe...
Clifton RC Cathedral, Bristol
Clifton Roman Catholic Cathedral, Bristol, by Ronald Weeks of the Percy Thomas Partnership, 1966-73
Text and images by Robert Proctor Set amongst the leafy stone terraces of Clifton, the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Pa...
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