11th-hour listing bid could thwart Cumbernauld town hub plan
May 12 2022
Historic Environment Scotland is seeking views on whether it should step in and list Cumbernauld Town Centre amidst moves to demolish the iconic modernist 'megastructure'.
Lauded as a beacon of town centre planning at the time of its conception between 1963 and 1972 more recent years have been less kind to the ailing structure as it battles to remain relevant for modern lifestyles.
These shifts have prompted North Lanarkshire Council to pursue a blank slate 'town hub' strategy for the site by bringing the elevated mix of shops, offices and civic spaces back down to Earth.
The public is being asked whether they consider the surviving elements of the structure, much altered from the original vision, to be of special architectural or historic interest.
Responses received will help inform whether the heritage agency will press ahead with listing, subject to its own research and assessment.
Dara Parsons, head of designations at HES, said: “Listing is a way of recognising and celebrating our most important built heritage, and ensuring its significance is taken into account in future decisions.
“Before we reach a decision in the case of Cumbernauld Town Centre, we’re keen that as part of this process people have an opportunity to have their say on whether they think this building is of special historic or architectural interest. We would encourage anyone with an interest in the building, or with information that will help us to further understand its significance, to take part in our consultation.”
The consultation will run until 12 June.
No matter the good intentions / no matter the ideals behind the design -- a good idea poorly implemented is still a shambles.
But it was never idea was never good in the first place -- Aldous Huxley done in crayon by a blind toddler.
Tuscan hilltown set out in the clayfields of East Dumbarton -- not good.
And then there is the story of the A80 -- quick access to Glasgow / Stirling / Falkirk so any town centre would have struggled.
Probably deserves a reprieve to shame the felt tip fairies who thought it up in the first place.
The CDC backed the wrong donkey -- it only has a place in the local public consciousness due to the Golden Eagle / Woolco / Pappa Docs.
They should have built the town centre in the valley around the railway station.
Move on. If you can design something better than small sheds that are sustainable, both environmentally and economically, then even better!
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