Warrington Borough Council New Town House Buttermarket Street WA1 2NH
A true brute of a building, relentlessly repeated pre-cast concrete panels and partially mirrored windows, in a predictable grid.
A pale grey monolith on the wrong side of town.
Built in 1976 to house the Warrington & Runcorn Development Corporation.
2007 voted the ugliest kid in town.
Now due for demolition, by way of a suicide note addressed to itself.
It will not be missed by the majority of residents.
Good, it’s horrible and worthy of demolition.
No doubt the Brutalist-loving nutters will be out in force to protect this.
Nobody actually likes brutalist buildings.
They just pretend to like them to make themselves look cool, it’s like craft beer and food that comes in tiny portions.
One lone voice in its defence.
I have started a petition to save this place.
We can’t lose all our Brutalist Architecture to the steel and glass brigade – viva the New Town House.
The weary workers are already rehoused in One Time Square.
So I went to take a walk around, before the wrecking ball arrives.
The council said there were:
No operational reasons to keep the building in council use or occupied beyond this point, allowing the site to be cleared for redevelopment.
Justifying the demolition, Warrington said the building has poor energy efficiency, high service costs, and is inflexible for modern office and business working
Cost estimates for refurbishment, M&E installation, and energy efficiency measures to keep the building in office use stand at £5m; even if this is actioned, the building would still have limitations for flexible modern working practices and energy efficiency.
The council had explored renting the building out but said: there was no demand for office space of this scale and quality; a sale was also considered but the council found market demand was not significant.
Residential is the most likely outcome for the site, and it will be built into a masterplan for an area including Scotland Road, Town Hill, and Cockhedge. The council said it would look to sell the site in future.
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Made my own visit here in February, was pleasantly surprised to see it still standing! I wonder if I could pick your brain… I’m trying collate my own localised catalogue of modernist / brutalist buildings and am struggling to find details like build dates, architects and general history. Is there a better place to look for these sorts of things, specifically in Wigan/Leigh/Warrington? Be good to hear from you.
if you fancy, i’m building up a bit of a photographic collection on my blog (shouldvent.blogspot.com)
all the best,