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Baker Street Garage, Mark C. Brown & Son Ltd

Baker Street Garage, Mark C. Brown & Son Ltd, 22-24, 25-28 and 34-35 Baker Street, Kingston upon Hull, 2013 These attractive light industrial buildings lie within Hull’s Georgian New Town Conservation Area; the one with stained glass windows is part of a Victorian stable block which became a mortuary in the 1930s, while the garage probably started life as a coach manufactory and Mark C. Brown was a writing and drawing materials manufacturers. Approved for demolition in 2007, the sign suggests they’re still endangered despite various objections. The planning doc says: “The design of this commercial development is modern and contemporary and offers the opportunity to create an exiting infill development which would complete the regeneration of this once industrial area of Baker Street”. Philistines! (Postscript, 2018 – the entire row has now been demolished.)

Baker Street Garage, Mark C. Brown & Son Ltd

Baker Street Garage, Mark C. Brown & Son Ltd

Baker Street Garage, Mark C. Brown & Son Ltd

Baker Street Garage, Mark C. Brown & Son Ltd

Baker Street Garage, Mark C. Brown & Son Ltd

Baker Street Garage, Mark C. Brown & Son Ltd

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  1. These buildings are in a conservation area. What is the point of having a conservation area if you can demolish the buildings that make the area feel unique? The proposed new design is generic, could be anywhere in the UK rubbish. With some vision the garages could make fantastic artists workshops, shops, restaurants, indoor markets etc and give the area a real vibe. More evidence that planning is failing the UK.

    • Hull is an attractive and fascinating place and thoroughly deserves winning City of Culture 2017. However it has a lot of this kind of stuff and there’s probably not enough demand for “creative” uses to save it all. Therefore, a lot of doomed-looking buildings currently lie mouldering: I say, visit while they’re still there (that’s why I went, as subsequent posts will illustrate).

  2. Sadly both the garage and the old mortuary have just been demolished (they started pulling them down on the 6th October 2017). Hopefully they saved the beautiful stained glass panels from the mortuary, and whatever they replace it with will be worth it! Probably not though.

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