Here is one of Sheffield landmark concrete buildings. Without any visible windows and few people seen entering or leaving I have heard many rumours for its use. Some say it’s a secret telecommunications centre which is bomb proof. Some say it’s a “listening” centre for various government agencies. Others say it’s just an ugly lump of concrete and they really couldn’t care less what it’s for. The truth is that it’s an electricity sub-station where high voltage network supplies are stepped down for domestic usage. With new buildings springing up all over Sheffield the beauty of this building is beginning to shine through. I like it’s powerful mysterious presence in the city centre.
Click here to see another view of the substation.
Most new buildings in Sheffield lack any imagination or vision and in my view are purely investment opportunities for developers. They add little to the city and in 20 years time will be dirty and old and will no doubt look worse than the very worst 1970’s architecture. Take a look at the new St Pauls Towers development which is Sheffields new landmark building. It is a concrete structure and when finished will be finished in incredibly drab cladding with less character than the concrete to which it is attached. We can thank Sheffield City Council for approving of that. What a shame they have no imagination and no real ambition for Sheffield city centre.
I’ve popped in a photograph of Manchesters Hilton Hotel to show how landmark buildings should be done. Great lines, simple, pure and elegant and a building which has a reason to stand tall and proud. Stunning from every angle from anywhere in the city.
I love Sheffield but it has to be said that many of the car parks are better looking than some of the ugly buildings currently being thrown up.