SU6452 : The Square, Basingstoke

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

The Square, Basingstoke
The Square, Basingstoke
It looks square in plan. The facades are lined with very closely-set vertical ribs of roughly-finished concrete.
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 6439 5258 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:16.1247N 1:4.7056W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6436 5262
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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1950s-1970s Architecture 

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