Welbeck Car Park, London I © HEARTBRUT 2019

WELBECK MULTI STOREY CAR PARK

MICHAEL BLAMPIED & PARTNERS, LONDON 1970 (DEMOLISHED)

© Images & Text: Karin Hunter Bürki / HEARTBRUT

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Welbeck was 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, spoke of the bold optimism of its time as much as it speaks volumes about 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
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