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HIGHRISE!

Immortalised forever in starkest black & white, these flats might look like a Ballardian wet dream now, but when I was growing up here in the 1970s they seemed like nowt more grim than a labyrinthine, endlessly exciting playground. With lifts. Built on the outskirts of Nottingham in the late 1960s, they succumbed to concrete cancer (&, eventually, a predictably malevolent underclass) depressingly quickly & were demolished in 1985. Fortunately for me, my parents had long since relocated to (relatively) greener pastures by that point. The eeire lack of any obvious sign of sentient life in this impressive (if somewhat austere!) gallery shouldn't suggest a sinister A Clockwork Orange-type scenario at work however - these photographs were largely taken in 1982, by which point the entire complex been cleared of tenants in preparation for it's consequent demolition a couple of years later. Huge thanks to Reg Baker at Picture The Past for sharing these pics btw...
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