Wednesday 17 October 2012

saved for the nation

heavens to betsey they've only gone and listed the forton services tower. i know. i never thought english heritage had it in them. well done you. really. even the list entry is full of glories...

"distinguished by its unique landmark 22 m tower with cantilevered restaurant and sun deck... a new popularist architecture ideally suited to the democratic new aesthetic of the motorway, the Pennine Tower Restaurant acting both as a beacon to attract the passing motorists and as a glamorous vantage point from which they were able to enjoy spectacular prospects of the motorway below and more extensively over the miles of surrounding countryside through which they passing... evoking the modern glamour of 1960s air travel and also drawing on the progressive urban movement of this period of constructing towers with restaurants and observation platforms"
it's a top class bit of motorway too that bit of m6 between preston and lancaster. nice bridges. and don't give me any of that madison county nonesense neither. full of spikey youth squashed into all parts of pete's just about motor to chinatown and diner and breathless and all those picture house reels of wonder and orange juice at the sugarhouse memories teas and bensons and penine towers

now please save preston bus station 

the pharoahs - freedom road 

the full english heritage listing is here

more forton


Swiss Adam said...

About bloomin time. I love Forton

spud said...

Never been there but it always looks fab. Like East Berlin. In a good way.

Thanks for putting that tune up. The only version that I've got is slap in the middle of an hour long Kev Beadle to download.

ally. said...

it's a smasher isn't it. forton and the pharoahs.

davyh said...

The thing is, motorways were exciting weren't they?

Top record - they just keep on comin' x