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.
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.