Welbeck Car Park, London I © HEARTBRUT 2019

WELBECK MULTI STOREY CAR PARK

MICHAEL BLAMPIED & PARTNERS, LONDON 1970 (BEING DEMOLISHED)

© Heartbrut.com / Karin Hunter Bürki

Welbeck is a multi storey car park designed by Michael Blampied & Partners for Debenhams department store just off London’s Oxford Street in 1968-70. The car park has a firm place in Britain’s brutalist heritage. Its striking diamond-shaped facade, formed of pre-cast concrete panels, speaks of the bold optimism of its time as much as it speaks of ours: in June 2019, demolition works began, despite protests and plans to save at least its facade. The brutalist gem is to be replaced by a distinctly nondescript luxury hotel. Diamonds are not forever, after all.

 

Welbeck Car Park, London (Against Debenhams Department Store) I © HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI, 2019
Welbeck Car Park, London (Front) I © HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI, 2019