Denny in detail
April 12 2010
Andres Duany’s recent claims that no new housing to be proud of had been built in Scotland since 1945 perhaps gains some credence after a short stroll along the town’s High Street. It is an oddly lop sided affair.
Turn to one side and handsome Victorian Denny hoves into view, a row of modest but well built two storey terraces converted to satiate the demands of 21st century retail.
Swivel 180 degrees however and a very different Denny emerges. Three five storey pink and yellow blocks, a sort of fruit salad gone off, stand on top of a landscaped podium.
The majority of these units are empty save for a few awaiting relocation but the scene perhaps jars as much for its unexpectedness as for its decay. This is a sight more redolent of the suburbs of Glasgow than Stirlingshire.
Plans for the sites transformation remain stalled as the financial strain hits both Council and developers coffers but perhaps the financial toll of delay on local business, tourism and residents will prove higher in the final reckoning.
Denny is a nominee in The Carbuncles awards 2010, a full shortlist will be published on May 28.
Which is a shame beacause historic Denny is actiually rather fine, sporting splendid views to the Ochil hills
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