I’m more than partial to a picture postcard – I have penchant for the picaresque.
And in these troubled times there’s no safer way to travel.
I have some previous experience, exploring the precincts of our fair land – here and there.
Prompted by a post from Natalie Bradbury – I became intrigued by Newcastle Civic Centre cards, I have visited the site, but in this instance, we are taken there thus:
Let’s have a look inside:
The Council Chamber
Its extensive rooms.
Which then led me to Plymouth – which I had visited some time ago, on my coastal cycle tour, another fine example of post-war Municipal Modernism.
Empty for some time it now seems that a change is going to come:
A long-awaited scheme to convert the empty Civic Centre tower block in Plymouth into flats is set to be given the go-ahead.
Planning applications to create 144 homes in the 14-floor landmark building in Armada Way are being recommended for approval.
The scheme also proposes a mix of uses for the ground and first floors including shops, offices, cafes and restaurants, bars, hot food takeaway, art gallery, gym, creche and day nursery.
Many of our fine Modernist civic buildings are under threat – as councils seek new premises for a new age.
Only the strong survive.
4 thoughts on “Civic Centre Postcards – Newcastle and Plymouth”
I have a Phaidon book entitled “Boring Postcards” full of images like this. I actually don’t find them boring at all though. 🙂
I have had that book and given it away, the whole premise of boring postcards is anathema to me!
Brilliant stuff, thanks for posting – two great buildings and a wonderful set of postcards. I’ve got a couple of John Hinde cards (which don’t appear above) of the centre of Plymouth which make it look like some kind of futuristic utopia (I’ll try and dig them out at some point to share). Not sure what to think of the plans for either of the Centre’s, sadly never got to get in Plymouth’s but I’ve managed to sneak into Newcastle’s a couple of time and have a good wander around (being eventually thrown out by security both times!). In fact now that I think about it somewhere I’ve got a book produced by Newcastle’s City Architect’s Department from November 1968 Centre: https://digyourfins.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/a-civic-vision/ Anyways keep up the good work and keep safe and well. DWx