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Old November 16th, 2006, 08:04 PM   #81
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Wow wow wow very very impressive
They are, and reading back I've just realised that Butterfield had come up with the "Kelvin Flats" name a few posts earler. Butterfield is truly the official geek of tower blocks on the UK forums!
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Old November 16th, 2006, 08:08 PM   #82
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The only other similar block(s) in Sheffield that I know of were the Kelvin flats. Not sure where they were in Sheffield but on old photos they can be seen from Park Hill and look identical. Don't know if those are the ones you are referring to. Where are the Sheffield forumers when we need them??
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Kelvin flats they were called Here are few images I dug up after a quick Google around
I hate to quote myself but - what did I tell ya?!
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Old November 16th, 2006, 08:09 PM   #83
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They are, and reading back I've just realised that Butterfield had come up with the "Kelvin Flats" name a few posts earler. Butterfield is truly the official geek of tower blocks on the UK forums!
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Old November 16th, 2006, 08:11 PM   #84
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Old November 16th, 2006, 08:15 PM   #85
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Sheffield is in my top 5 British tower block cities - or at least was. That picture from 1981 that The Longford posted is great! The two times I've been to Sheffield they were part way through demolishing them. Seeing tower blocks built up on hills was amazing!!
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Wonderfull thread. I like those buildings
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Sheffield is in my top 5 British tower block cities - or at least was. That picture from 1981 that The Longford posted is great! The two times I've been to Sheffield they were part way through demolishing them. Seeing tower blocks built up on hills was amazing!!
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I have a great book published in the 60's by Sheffield City Council called Emerging City and it is full of loads of utopia pics of all the new housing schemes that went up in Sheffield.
Sheffield really led the pack when it came to public housing.
I'd scan some of the stuff in from the book but frankly i cant be bothered!
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These are the Ravenscraig Flats in my hometown of Kirkcaldy. These are quite nice to look at and contrast well will the castle right next to them. They also stand prominantly over the town.









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Old November 16th, 2006, 09:50 PM   #91
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Well it isn't really needed but I think they look better than a lot of blocks.
You may have heard of Ravenscraig Steelworks as these aren't exactly famous. :p
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I have a great book published in the 60's by Sheffield City Council called Emerging City and it is full of loads of utopia pics of all the new housing schemes that went up in Sheffield.
Sheffield really led the pack when it came to public housing.
I'd scan some of the stuff in from the book but frankly i cant be bothered!
Thanks for that!

Oh and one scan a week will do thank you.
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cinosanap - nice to see some tower blocks in smaller towns like Kirkcaldy so thanks for those! As you say, they're a great contrast with the castle and the beach too.
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Nearly on 100 posts and Birmingham hasn't really featured on this thread. Perhaps it does get a bad rep as being typecast as the UK city at the forefront of hi rise hell?
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Nah, it's just Birminghams flats arent as interesting
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Old November 16th, 2006, 10:43 PM   #96
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Oi! Although you may just be right. Birmingham has a lot of identical blocks with the same balconies and similar colours and most are built on flattish land. But it's a city full of tower blocks so that's good in my book!
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Glasgow City Centre is ringed by concrete blocks in demolished inner city wards. Of the 300 towers built in the program only a handful are of architectural worth, the majority being mass produced to the cheapest specification.

They are best appreciated at distance where their bulk impresses above their failings.

Dalmarnock towers foreground will be gone by years end. A rolling program of works commencing '08, will see Red Road (background) cleared by 2015.


Tower heights are often flattered by hilltop settings


As ever the selling point of these homes is the view.


These were actually amongst my favourite blocks in the city (before they were reclad). Ironically two have since been demolished.


Laurieston, these 4 are coming down allowing reinstatement of the original street pattern, retail and commercial uses will be brought back supported by higher density housing.


Some blocks are being stabilised in the medium term with new insulation, windows and roofs, alleviating the damp cold conditions people were living in.



Those Leeds pictures are fascinating.
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Tower blocks and hills - my favourite combination! Can only be a Scottish city... or Sheffield.

They should preserve Red Road as a reminder of how it once was, like how tenements are all the rage these days after years of tearing them down. Mind you, I suppose the old tenements were better built than tower blocks.
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A few Liverpool views, taken from Liverpool Pictorial site, which is well worth a visit.












Some of these residents must have great views across the river
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Great pics! Yeah I'm sure the residents have some fantastic views over the Mersey, the Wirral and into North Wales.

I wonder how many tower blocks are left in Liverpool - there doesn't seem to be very many. The last time I visited Liverpool we went via Chester and Birkenhead which seemed to have a few blocks in the area including Ellesmere Port.
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