live in a beautiful region, but sometimes architects, planners and developers
really should think twice."
Out looks the most hideous buildings in the South West.
In a quest to identify
the worst blots on the landscape, Jeremy Gould, Professor of Architecture at the
University of Plymouth, presents his personal view of the 'seven architectural
blunders' of the South West.
He takes viewers on a journey around the South
West to look at the buildings and developments which may be necessary for our
modern society, but in his opinion, should have been done differently, or not
What's particularly interesting is that they are all recent developments,
all built in the last few decades.
Dome - eyesore or great facility?|
Here's Jeremy Gould's seven
South West architectural blunders - see if you agree with his list of blots on
* Plymouth Dome - located
on one of the most beautiful promenades of the South West, this 1970s development
jars when seen alongside the ancient Citadel and the well preserved Victorian
* Modern housing developments
- Gould visits several housing estates in Yeovil as examples of recent anonymous
and characterless residential developments.
Tracey industrial estate - located close to the glorious moors, this
95 acre area of tin sheds and tarmac is hardly a substitute for the natural environment
which has been removed to make way for it.
have a great historic tradition in the South West of making beautiful towns and
villages. So why have we lost that tradition? Why do we put up with ugly ghettos
|Professor Jeremy Gould|
Large roundabout above the River Exe - planned in the 1950s and built
in the 1960s, Gould describes this as "an ugly monstrosity".
CLS Laundry Building - opened in 2002, it's important for the local
economy but it doesn't look good.
* The Land's
End Experience - Land's End is one of the most iconic locations on
the British coast, but this themed experience got the thumbs down from our architecture
* Drake Circus - the new Drake
Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth city centre is a much needed new investment,
but the design of this was done in the 1980s and then 'restyled', resulting in
a 'pick-and-mix' of styles and materials.
Jeremy Gould calls it an "insult
to Plymouth... an ugly cacophony of materials that have nothing to do with either
old or new Plymouth".
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