SU6452 : Grosvenor House, Basingstoke

taken 7 years ago, near to Basingstoke, Hampshire, Great Britain

Grosvenor House, Basingstoke
Grosvenor House, Basingstoke
A rigorous gridlike facade composed of pairs of windows and tiled spandrels framed by projecting stone members.
It stands in Basing View Business Park, which sprang up largely in the 1970s as organisations were encouraged to relocate from London. According to the website, it was “dubbed the “Dallas of Hampshire” in the late 1970s, because of the striking concentration of high rise buildings”, which suggests to me a striking degree of chutzpah and/or self-delusion. In fact, I find it hard to believe that the concept existed outside the fevered imagination of one or two planners. The estate comprises one road in an elongated loop along which are strung out some twenty or so office blocks of variable quality, only one of which (Fanum House) could reasonably claim to be high-rise.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 21 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6440 5247 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:16.0653N 1:4.6982W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6435 5250
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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1950s-1970s Architecture 

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