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Old January 7th, 2008, 09:10 PM   #101
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Am I right in thinking the large Concrete building on the end of Moore Street/Charter Row is a Water pumping station? I was once told it was built to withstand a Nuclear bomb.

It's one of my favourite buildings in Sheffield ever. It's just so monsterous and sinister looking.
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Another noticable thing is the Trees and green space.

Alastair's old pic has the Old Royal? Hospital still standing i think.
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Old January 7th, 2008, 09:25 PM   #103
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Am I right in thinking the large Concrete building on the end of Moore Street/Charter Row is a Water pumping station? I was once told it was built to withstand a Nuclear bomb.

It's one of my favourite buildings in Sheffield ever. It's just so monsterous and sinister looking.
Welcome J1889

No its a Giant Sub station, I think theres a thread for it as we have discussed it t times. Change setting to show all threads and look past page 4
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Old January 7th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #104
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Am I right in thinking the large Concrete building on the end of Moore Street/Charter Row is a Water pumping station? I was once told it was built to withstand a Nuclear bomb.

It's one of my favourite buildings in Sheffield ever. It's just so monsterous and sinister looking.
We've had many a discussion about it. It's an electricity substation. I don't think it was ever built to withstand a nuclear bomb, however if I recall it was built to fit two transformers, but could only fit one in.

It's a great building though isn't it!

And welcome J1889.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 01:54 AM   #105
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yes i love the substation
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Old January 8th, 2008, 02:15 AM   #106
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Old January 8th, 2008, 02:30 AM   #107
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Old January 8th, 2008, 02:45 AM   #109
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god that place looked so crap before it was all finished. without the redevelopment of victoria quays and no plants on park sqaure it looks horrible. and ive gotten so used to having the broad street buildings there that it looks so wierd without them
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It wa a bit Grim back then lad
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Old January 8th, 2008, 02:53 AM   #111
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yea i know, id forgotten how grim it was
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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:50 AM   #112
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Yeah, that was 6th September.
Thanks for posting the modern pic of the same view. Old and new Sheffield are incredibly different.

Yes a lot of tower blocks went. They looked great from a distance, but I wouldn't have wanted to live in them.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 11:11 AM   #113
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I especially like this one because it tells many stories.

The supertram viaduct is in mid construction with the centre of the park square roundabout in a bit of a muddy mess before landscaping,

the Hyde Park flats have been reclad and improved for the student games,

A single section of the old Hyde Park Tower, behind, is about to be blown up and still stands, before it's rubble is used to fill in the hole in the road to allow the supertram to pass over.

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Old January 8th, 2008, 11:55 AM   #114
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Makes me wonder just how good the view from Hyde Park block B would've been these days, what with everything going on in the city. Part of me wishes that Hyde Park had been retained, and was getting the Urban Splash treatment instead of Park Hill. Not that I'm knocking Park Hill, I can't wait to see it's refurb, I just think the Hyde Park complex made much more of a statement, higher rise tricorn tower and all that.

That said, it's was probably horrendously low quality!

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Not that I'm knocking Park Hill, I can't wait to see it's refurb, I just think the Hyde Park complex made much more of a statement.

That said, it's was probably horrendously low quality!

I never went in or saw it up close, but I understand it was very poor quality construction.
I had a Lecturer at college 20 years ago, who claimed that there was a problem with the floor alignments, causing some of the apartments to have windows which were too low in the wall and it caused some people to have views of the ground without any view of the sky unless they got right low and crouched on the floor against the window.
He claimed that this fault was causing some residents to get depression, and a great difficulty in getting people to take up residence.

This lecturer was a very entertaining performer who used to tell us all kinds of stories, so I don't take it as 100% certain, it is worth mentioning.
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Makes you feel sorry for the students who live there today....



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Makes you feel sorry for the students who live there today....



...almost!
Nobody lives there, it was demolished about 18 years ago. Famously the rubble was used to fill in the hole in the road.

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Doh! Sorry, I meant the shorter re-clad sections. Surely the flats were made the the same specification across the entire complex?
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Doh! Sorry, I meant the shorter re-clad sections. Surely the flats were made the the same specification across the entire complex?
No I think they were a different style. And the remaining blocks were much better constrution.

I had a friend who lived in one of the current reclad blocks. Security is very high, there was a gym, laundrette and a security team manning the entrance 24 hours with lots of cctv.

Overall he gave me the impression that it was more than just a reclad, leaving the block to be quite comfortable and classy inside. There were no students, just working people, and I know of another friend of a friend who lives in them today, although I haven't seen him for a while. He is in his 40s and works in the car industry.
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Well there you go! I always thought they were halls of residence. One thing I've noticed Muddy, looking at all these old photo's, is how quick Sheffield was to hold it's head up, admit that the majority of social housing and engineering that it pioneered was a bad move, and set about remedying that. There are a number of other cities whose crime ridden blocks still stand, whereas most of ours are gone. Given your love of such structures, one could almost say you're living in the wrong place!
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