Pilgrim Street – a bit of demolition

For more years than just about anyone can remember, the east side of Pilgrim Street has been in a near derelict condition. Businesses were ejected from their premises in the expectation of an imminent redevelopment. If memory serves, it’s been imminent for a couple of decades now. There was some excitement when it was announced that as a first stage of getting things moving, the old Bank of England block and the singularly undistinguished Bank House behind it would be demolished. That was until somebody looked into the old bank premises and found to their astonishment that it contained some serious vaults – lots of reinforced concrete, steel and who knows what, apparently. Getting rid of that lot would make the demolition a much more expensive proposition, so it has apparently been put on hold.

But it seems some work is going on. Yet more scaffolding is being put up on Pilgrim Street:

Pilgrim Street

Pilgrim Street

And if you take a look around the back, you’ll see that some actual demolition has begun:

Coming Down

Coming Down

More on this as it happens, and as I remember to look.

These pictures may look a bit grainy. There’s a very good reason for that – it’s been so long since I’ve used the Olympus E-P1[1] that I’d sort of forgotten how to drive it, and I somehow managed to leave it on ISO 6400. Lightroom got rid of a lot of the noise, but the pictures could definitely be better…

[1] It does go to work with me most days, but rarely comes out of the bag. I think it’s just lazy, or something.

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