Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Old And New

This is The Bayshill pub, at the edge of the town centre, with a new shiny office block in the background, on what used to St James' railway station. The train station shut many years ago and for a long time was a car park, before the Council sold the land for building. Now the area is occupied by office blocks, flats and a supermarket. Now that's what you call an original use of waste land!

15 comments:

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" prefers the old building to the new, despite the good use of the property by the new one. "Louis" just isn't much of a fan of the 'stacked ice cube tray' school of architecture....

Jim said...

For a pub it looks nice, flowers and all. When I think of pub I think of beer signs and dark colors.

Knoxville Girl said...

I'm glad they reused brownfield land, and I might even forgive the tedious vanilla architecture if they have a decent stout on tap...

Ming the Merciless said...

The old pub looks more dignified and classier than that glass building down the road.

This is one instance where age trumps youth. :-)

Bergson said...

i prefers the old with flowers

Murphy_jay said...

I think the idea of re-using old buildings are quite cool.

In my city, there are a few abandoned development projects which are turning into eye-sores. If only someone came up with some practical uses.

brian said...

i like the flowers on the side... i wonder if its pronounced 'bays-hill' or 'bay-shill' =)

Hilda said...

I must admit I'm much more interested in the pub than those new buildings. Love both the sign and those colorful flowers!

Kate said...

This is a very inviting-looking pub! I,too, prefer the architecture and the flowers to the modern railroad station. Gotta get our priorities right: a littl libation before a trip!

babooshka said...

Good to see Brownfileds relaimed and reused. That does look like many pubs here. Gotme thinking I need to photograph some pubs. Cheers for the reminder. Love the colours on those flowers. Bright but not garish. You're really getting the hang of this photography lark aren't you.

Tanya said...

I love those flower baskets!

• Eliane • said...

Tanya summed it up: what makes the old pub so nice is the luxuriant flower baskets! If you remove them, it loses a lot of its charm.

I am really not sure which of the old or of the modern building is the most interesting architecturally: they look equally remarquable but the juxtaposition of the two is a bit off. Come to think of it: if you removee the flowers, they blend with each other better. Or if you add flowers to the new building, it does too. See? I just proved it: flowers are always the answer.

Jackie said...

Those are fabulous hanging baskets! They must have taken ages to plant.

Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I'm going awol myself for a few days, but pictures will still appear!

Bibi said...

Thanks for visiting my blog these past days, which have been so hard on us.

I am just starting to check blogs again, and my comment on yours today is that I love recycled old buildings. Here many old buildings are being torn down, not recycled.

Virginia said...

Gorgeous flowers make this look like something other than a pub!

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