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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 3rd January, 2020)

Coops Building


Coops Building
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Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Rubyshoes on 3rd January 2020 at 09:26

Looking rather sad these days.
Spent my first working years in that building along with many others. Very happy years too.

Comment by: Philip G. on 3rd January 2020 at 09:28

Thought for a moment that you'd been to the Royal Opera House, Brian.

Comment by: Rubyshoes on 3rd January 2020 at 09:48

Looking rather sad these days.
Spent my first working years in that building along with many others. Very happy years too.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 3rd January 2020 at 11:04

Rubyshoes - you're not seeing it in its best light - it glows when the sun shines on it. A magnificent building thankfully saved to serve a useful purpose for another generation.

Comment by: Poet on 3rd January 2020 at 12:16

I must agree with Rev. David , Rubyshoes . Here is classical architecture. Grand even in decline. No one would say the Colosseum was looking rather sad these days.

Comment by: Anne on 3rd January 2020 at 12:57

Anyone know what the Britannia bridge school site has been earmarked for. I know it has been suggested housing, anything more positive than guesses.

Comment by: Beryl on 3rd January 2020 at 13:05

My Mum worked there as a teenager, it was her first job when she was 14 years old, in the early 1940's

Comment by: PeterP on 3rd January 2020 at 14:12

Thats where my wife worked making waist coats for Dunnes.

Comment by: Pat McC on 3rd January 2020 at 14:57

Beautiful architecture - we could learn so much from these buildings. Not many modern buildings replicate this grandeur, even with all the computerised graphics etc at our disposal.

Comment by: broady on 3rd January 2020 at 17:30

It's a building the like of which is replicated hundreds if not thousands of times over the UK. Nothing special at all IMO.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd January 2020 at 19:03

Darkness doesn't do justice to the building - rather like a 'dark satanic mill'... Looks completely different in daylight.... At least it's not being left to crumble....imagine the cost of re- building in today's money, it couldn't be done, that's for sure.

Comment by: broady on 3rd January 2020 at 20:05

Check out Gardens By the Bay in Singapore. The Coop building was OK for the time.

Comment by: Pat McC on 3rd January 2020 at 20:32

I stand corrected broady. I didn't realise that 'hundreds if not thousands' of buildings were built in the UK in this style - in modern times.
These buildings are striking and a living reminder of our industrial past.

Comment by: Maureen on 3rd January 2020 at 20:33

I think my comment got lost so I'll repeat it..if this building was cleaned ..sand blasted..it would look majestic.

Comment by: MikeW on 3rd January 2020 at 20:51

Eeeeee......they don't make 'em like that anymore.

But when you consider a modern equivalent would cost a tenth to build and a twentieth to run its hardly surprising.

Comment by: broady on 3rd January 2020 at 22:53

I respect your opinion but sand blasting does nothing for a 1920's style inside. What is it used for a present? A doss house if I remember correctly.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th January 2020 at 09:37

Throw a 'modern equivalent' up, because its only Wigan, a backwater, a town left behind! Why should the town still have such beautiful buildings, what good are they? One reason, they show what standards the people in authority had for their town and were built to last, they represent the affluence and respect Wigan had. Demolishing beautiful buildings, represents the throwaway society that exists today in everything. Buildings like this should be cherished, they lend style and character to the town, even if they are turned into apartments! They should not be laid to waste...imagine if this building was in London or any major town, it would be sought after and put to good use. But not in Wigan an ex- industrial town it seems.

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