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A collection of blog posts and images about urban architecture.

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  • The LOVE Bridge

    Visit Bristol Takeover

    Recently Visit Bristol got in touch to offer me a weekend takeover of their Instagram feed. I was delighted, but also a little surprised – my pictures aren’t generally perceived as being ‘tourist friendly’ and I’m aware that not everyone shares my love of brutalist architecture and mundane suburban scenes. But Visit Bristol were looking…

  • Demolition of the Bristol Sorting Office

    Demolition of the Bristol Sorting Office

    At the end of March I was fortunate to get a quick tour of the demolition work being carried out by Kier of Bristol’s former sorting office at Temple Meads. The structure, which has been derelict since 1997, is being demolished to make way for the new Bristol University Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. The building…

  • Ashton Vale

    Metrobus Guideway

    The Bristol MetroBus is an express bus network that operates as a ‘guided busway’ along parts of its route. These images are taken on the section between Ashton Avenue Bridge and Ashton Vale in the South-West of the City This series of pictures were taken on a two hour walk in late December 2018. I…

  • Avonmouth. BS11. By Richard Ford

    Despite being a Bristol boy my entire life I’ve never had any real reason to visit the Avonmouth area, even though I live only a stones throw away, so I finally made the effort and visited in March this year. Avonmouth is a port and outer suburb of Bristol. It is located at the mouth…

  • North Circular Traffic Jam, Bounds Green

    Southgate to East Finchley (without Octopus)

    More North Circular Road related wanderings – from back in November 2014 (see the full mapped route here). This time taking in the deco suburbia of Southgate, bizarre graffiti at New Southgate, hidden (retail) parkland and the vast gothic St Pancras and Islington cemetery. The walk finished up at East Finchley with it’s lovely Edwardian / Victorian…

  • Red Door

    Avonbridge Trading Estate

    I’ve had occasion to visit the Avonbridge Trading Estate twice this week, both times under some pretty dense white skies. The second time I made sure to have a camera with me and take a wander around. This place is pretty bleak, in only the way that a field full of giant sheds, electricity pylons…

  • Southgate Tube Station detail. Designed by Charles Holden in 1933

    Art Deco: Arnos Grove to Southgate

    Day nine of London’s Inner Circle , a photo-walk roughly following the North and South Circular roads in an anti-clockwise direction from Greenwich, follows part of the Piccadilly line extension. The walk starts at Arnos Grove tube and ends at Southgate. Both stations are wonderful examples of Charles Holden‘s art-deco architecture, and in fact this…

  • Unofficial Skate Park on Festival Way

    Grimey Colour: Festival Way, Montpelier and Gloucester Road

    This post combines a few locations that work together. There’s a general theme of grimey Bristol colour seen in the grey light of the first months of this year… BRISTOL’S WHITE CITY On a late afternoon in January around the Cumberland Basin I found myself on Festival Way, the site of an unofficial skate park, White City…

  • Temple Gate House

    Bristol Temple Meads and Temple Gate

    Temple Gate – the area around Bristol Temple Meads station – is changing. It is being redeveloped as part of the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone project. I’m relatively new to this city but it seems like this regeneration is both welcome and long overdue. There are currently a lot of empty and derelict buildings…

  • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

    Wood Green to Arnos Grove

    London’s Inner Circle – a series of walks that I began in 2014 but have yet to finish (see previous post) continues here. This section I walked in July 2014 was from Wood Green to Arnos Grove in North London. Featuring the 1970s architecture of the Shopping City (or The Mall Wood Green to use it’s current name),…