Friday, January 8, 2010

Industrial Seaport Buildings Bite the Dust

As cities and towns develop and change, so too does its architecture. The former woolsheds (pictured) in Launceston form part of a larger complex that was the old industrial trading port in Launceston. They are a fabulous design with their functional tin walls and saw-tooth roofing. A walk around the area feels more like an industrial wasteland. The local council has been purchasing properties over the past few years in order to create a flood levy barricade to stop a once in a hundred year flooding.

Many buildings have already been demolished, and the woolsheds built on a grand scale have demolition notices stuck on them, so their future remains uncertain. Even if the demolition notices are for other buildings, the woolsheds are not being used and have high grass growing around them. I have been informed that the modernist designed school near the woolsheds will be demolished this year as part of the flood levy project.

A walk onto the riverfront is more like a trap into rusting machinery and an overgrown blackberry den. Glimpses of old cruise boats can be seen amongst the mess, with seagulls making the large derelict cruisers their home.

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