Architectural visions

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It was 1973 when I stood looking out of the cabin at St George’s Church and at Jessop Hospital. I had been asked by Ernest Moore to join him on building the red brick mono-pitch building next to the shops on Broad Lane.

The mono-pitch building had its own story to tell, as it was designed by architect Mr Milne who wanted to leave his mark with the unusual building. The building had its share of dog leg bricks under sills round columns everywhere the eye could see. These bricks were expensive but the architect got two per cent for a nominated client and he was going to be rewarded for his design.

The architect asked for a 10mm joint on the brickwork which they gave him.

Unfortunately for him and us the bricks varied from 1mm and the four-storey build had half a brick too many, which showed up between windows. What he should have made clear is that he wanted a module of five bricks to the metre.

Pull it down, said Mr Milne, it is not to drawing specs. Mr Moore said you got what you asked for and refused to pull the work down.

Let the council decide was the reply and on that day the council man came, saw Mr Milne and made a bee line towards him, shook hands and Mr Moore turned to me saying get started on pulling the work down.

This gave Mr Milne time to design a roof before a price renegotiation could begin. The church got what it paid for in its day, so did the hospital, and the same can be said of the Diamond.

The architect must have also been under instruction though I do not like it overshadowing the church which should have been the focal point of the area just the same as St Mary’s church was going to be.

Now you can see four different architectural visions.

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