Whilst walking past the site for the new leisure centre on New Union Street and seeing the current state of play, I thought it would be good to show the progress throughout the development in a number of updates.
Christchurch House and Spire House which previously stood on the site, were originally built in the 1970’s and designed by Rex Chell, and had a rather Art Deco feel with their curved lines and multi-coloured tiling.
I wish I had taken more time to photograph the buildings, courtyards and tile work within before the demolition began. One image I did manage to take shows Christchurch House days after it was vacated with windows left open and office equipment left behind. It had a rather ominous feel to it.
Now the demolition is complete, groundwork set and building work has started, the steel structure that is being erected is an interesting design. It will set itself apart from the very angular buildings in the surrounding area.
As the featured image shows the finished leisure centre, designed by international architects FaulknerBrowns, will have a rounded design, with the top part looking similar to the Blue Ribbon sculpture known as ‘Foleshill’s Past’ located on the roundabout along the A444.