SU6452 : City Wall House, Basingstoke

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

City Wall House, Basingstoke
City Wall House, Basingstoke
Not for much longer, in fact almost certainly gone by the time this photo was submitted. There may be structural issues of which I am ignorant, but demolishing buildings only 30-40 years old strikes me as unnecessary. We are eager to eradicate our recent past, but who knows, in fifty or hundred years time we may regret it. It is unlikely that anyone will mourn the departure of this specific building, but tastes change – not that long ago Victorian buildings were reviled and happily pulled down – and some may regret the brio with which we have gone about demolishing much of our post-war heritage.
It stood 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.
This and a second ongoing demolition (SU6452 : Loddon House, Basingstoke) were manifestations of a plan to revitalise the ailing park - several of the buildings were visibly empty when I visited.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 21 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6452 5249 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:16.0752N 1:4.5948W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6448 5251
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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