B and E Blocks – Fairhursts, Bathgate

B and E Blocks – Fairhursts, Bathgate

David Rosemount recounts the traumatic demise of British industry in the seventies: “Conceived in 1975 as a project to save the commercial arm of British Leyland at Bathgate these publicly funded buildings were pushed through by Tony Benn. The planning applications were done on the basis of 1:200 or even 1:500 scale drawings, without public consultation and consent was rubber stamped in about three weeks.

“The projects were built immediately on a rush basis, including diversion of a burn, and much midnight oil was consumed. BL was however as sick as the proverbial parrot and failed and to the best of my knowledge the buildings were never used for the purpose for which they were intended. They have been demolished and replaced with stereotypical residential Noddy boxes. A monument to the frequent futility of political intervention! Alas I have no photographs; maybe somebody else does?

I had never done a steel framed building before and learnt quickly!”

Image taken by maniceye of flickr.