Should Post-War Architecture be Demolished?

post-war architecture

There are many concrete buildings in Birmingham and across Britain.

The post-war architecture can be a hit and miss with some, and because of this, there are discussions taking place across the UK over whether preserve the established architecture.

When the prospect of destroying any historical building comes about, this often leads to mixed strong opinions. Especially if the building(s) in question have been designed years following the Second World War. Raw concrete buildings that were erected between the 60s and 70s have been brought up to face demolition.

Post-war modernism admirers have been campaigning to have some of the buildings listed before there is any demolition work. However, the majority of these have been unsuccessful; the Hyde Park Barracks is the latest to have its application rejected.

Hyde Park Barracks was initially designed to be a home for horses and people, built to the Household Cavalry Regiment to house themselves and their 270 horses.

Birmingham Central Library is also under demolition, in its full glory was described as a ‘concrete masterpiece.’

Other concrete buildings set to be, or are being demolished include Coventry Sports Centre, Plymouth Civic Centre, Preston Bus Station, Cumbernauld Town Centre, Dudley Zoological Gardens, the Ulster Museum Extension, Sheffield’s Park Hill, and Northampton Greyfriars Bus Station.

What do you think of the demolition plans for these post-war architectural creations? 

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