Buildings can indeed be magical things, and if ever the phrase ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ was appropriate then it is in this context.
Such beauty may come from a buildings setting, its detail, its unique or architectural style, its concept, its history, or any combination of these. Of course buildings come in many guises and of course they have as many uses. When talking about beautiful buildings we will all have our preferences though I am guessing what do not immediately spring to mind are concrete industrial warehouses. One local structure that could certainly challenge this perception however is the Tate & Lyle Sugar Silo.
The over-powering scale of this monument to Liverpool’s past sugar industry is itself enough to warrant a tag of ‘beauty’, but combined with its sweeping lines and symmetry, especially when empty simply challenges the senses.
I dare say the shear size of this structure will be one of the hurdles to potential future uses, more so being Grade II Listed, which owners Peel Ports will be pondering over. A music venue, an exhibition hall, a warehouse, an indoor sports facility, who knows? The Liverpool Waters and Liverpool2 developments will possibly provide many options?
I would hope at some point that Liverpool residents and visitors will have the chance to access this concrete wonder, perhaps Peel Ports themselves could use it to showcase their plans for the two projects mentioned?
English Heritage says of the building……. ‘Many people consider concrete to be an ugly and purely functional material. Its use in the soaring curves of this silo shows its possibilities and justifies the categorising of the structure as a Grade II Listed Building’………… They also have a superb ‘photo essay’ that tells the story of the Silos construction, click the Link to read.
If you have any first hand tales of the Silos industrial past it would be great to hear from you!