Fire Station Headquarter, Lancaster Circus, Birmingham
This is one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings, I consider this as the focus point in Lancaster Circus. Designed building started a year before and opened in 1935 Fire Service Headquarters. Was designed by Herbert Humphries and Herbert J. Manzoni. Was opened officially by the Duke of Kent. So, you could say it is relatively young in central Birmingham, however it cannot be argued it is an outstanding building, Grade II-listed building. Today architectural buildings will be a glass tower blocks cutting out natural light to the streets below
Red Flemish bond with Portland stone and concrete dressings with a pantile roof. Three stories with attics and basement. The building is triangular with ranges set around a central drill yard and faces onto three streets; Corporation Street, Aston Street and New Street. The Fire Service Headquarters was designed to house an enclosed community for the fire-fighters, their families and the senior officers. It included housing, a school room and roof top playground, and recreation rooms, with garaging for the fire engines, workshops and stores for their repair. The style is Neo-Georgian to the exterior and functional or 'Moderne' to the courtyard fronts and the tall hose tower at the eastern corner of the yard.
The tower and archway are in an English Baroque idiom that owes something to Nicholas Hawksmoor's church designs. It is of Portland stone with a large central arch of 2-storey height flanked by square-headed pedestrian gates. The stone here has banded rustication with prominent voussoirs to the arch. Above this is plain clock face and to the top is a belvedere with aedicular surrounds to the principal openings facing South West and North East.
The Fire Station closed its doors in 2006, is now transformed into student accommodation, oh just for this alone will draw in students to stay in the ex-Fire Station. One of those challenges has been keeping as much of the unique nature of the original building intact as possible while making it fit for its new purpose. Station it has some of its original fixtures for example 40ft pole, the longest in Europe, is to remain in place, its purpose will be strictly decorative. Rrr bet a few students will try out this, hopefully while not with a few pints in their bellies…ha ha
Now it will house 463 students in a variety of units including studios, two-bed studios or “two-dios” and clusters, which feature up to six bedrooms centered round a main living area and kitchen.
The painting is named after my childhood favorite television program the theme music to Trumpton, sorry for this no doubt you had to live with the theme music all your working life but it had to be done.
Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub
Trumpton was part of my childhood first shown on the BBC in 1967, the producers of the show of Camberwick Green. It was the second series in the Trumptonshire trilogy, which comprised Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley. All were a central to the family to watch and my generation nothing quite like it on television at the time.
Trumpton was narrated by the great Brian Cant, sadly missed from children’s television he was a real part of kids TV in the 70’s., now I’m showing my age.
Story and structure
The action takes place in the imaginary town of Trumpton, a short distance from the equally imaginary village of Camberwick Green, the focus of the first series in the Trumptonshire Trilogy. Each episode begins with a shot of Trumpton Town Hall Clock: I always as child wished to come to this village the program would start with the with the clockwork with the doors opening the gold girl