Like many people I had passed this building many times but it wasn’t until the fascia board was removed that it caught peoples attention as well as my own. On a recent visit I was allowed access to the building, actually four separate buildings which have been knocked into one, and once inside they seem ‘Tardis’ like as they are gradually being converted into student accommodation. Internally they have been gutted but I was told that very few original features remained due both to the previous owners and vandalism while the buildings have remained empty for several years. The roof has leaked and dampness can be seen on many of the uppers walls and ceilings and a horrible post-war concrete roof extension to the rear is also the cause of water ingress into the fabric of the building. As can be seen in the close-up photographs the window frames fronting onto Mandale Road are reproduction copies as is the door in Frederick Street but the fascia boards and finials are original and the new owners hope to save and restore these to their former glory.
Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.