Photo-a-Day (Thursday, 13th October, 2022)
Wigan Life Centre
The old brick building if maintained will out live the glass monstrosity many times over
I prefer the old building in the refection. It has character, unlike the Life Building, which looks like a child has made it out of Lego. Good photo, though, Dennis.
it looks like 4 year old designed it
A relatively ‘ new’ building demolished for another new building. The same happening all over again round -about.
I can’t wait to see what is being done with King St and the grotesque frontage of some of the buildings there. But that could be an improvement.
Did they ever sort the issue with the glass keep falling out?
What is done in there, what is it used for?
I know it houses a swimming pool, Anne, as I know my grandchildren have been swimming there, but I have never been inside and don't know what else is in there. I'm sure someone on p-a-d will know.
What would people who were born say two hundred years ago think of these buildings?Would they look at them in awe or disgust?I used to read The Eagle comic and many of the futuristic buildings and inventions have now come true.I used to like Dan Dare and looking at the drawings of the future,especially the buildings.When I go to London I like seeing the modern buildings on the skyline of the City area.
I have a friend who goes to Zumba dancing there. Not sure if there’s a cafe as well.
I see now, is it the building on the site of the old “international” pool. I haven’t seen it in reality.
Pw, I understand what you are saying about people from two hundred years ago seeing The Life Centre.....yes, what would the make of it. I wonder? I have lived in Wigan all my life and I freely admit that, at seventeen, I would have loved the modern buildings. It is as I grew older that I came to appreciate the ornate character, care and workmanship that went into the old buildings that we are still lucky enough to have. I can just imagine Dan Dare having a pint in The Moon Under Water!
Dan Dare’s sidekick, Digby came from Wigan.
Good photo Dennis, but this may be demolished in 35 yrs from now.Just like the new Market Hall, which was only finished in 1987.
"I see now, is it the building on the site of the old “international” pool. I haven’t seen it in reality."
Anne, I typed a reply to your question yesterday and gave details, but for some strange reason, it isn't shown.
Anyway, to briefly answer your question: Yes, it is on the same site as the old swimming baths. But, the entrance is at the college end (opposite side to where the entrance for the baths was) and the small street is now a pedestrian area with plants etc.
it houses the swimming pools, gym, council offices and nhs offices.