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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

Death of a Building Part 10

Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas AUGUST. 13, 2020

Part Ten comprises of shots taken in August 2016. Mostly shots of the two service towers being removed. Probably the best action shots of the series.

Please see parts one and two for some background and photos of the building exterior and interior before demolition began.

Demolition started at the end of 2015, I started my project in January 2016 after the first chunk had been removed from the main structure.

I had three main vantage points early in the process. From the portico of the Art Gallery next door. This area was raised up so gave a view over the site above the screens around the site. From a terrace next to the Town Hall, and from the balcony of the Conservatoire, which was also later demolished, but in the early stages continued to be accessible.

As demolition moved to the Conservatoire later, a fourth main vantage point opened up on a walkway to the hotel at the rear which remained open throughout.

Detail of the Edwardian Art Gallery, showing the paler square area where the aerial bridge joined the building. The outer areas have discoloured to a darker finish after exposure to the elements over fifty years. The two service towers frame the view.

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