John Summers Steelworks, Shotton, Wales (Grade II-listed, 1907, James France)
The former office building of the John Summers Steelworks stands proudly on the banks of the River Dee in Shotton, north east Wales. But its highly industrial location has made its reuse complicated and thus-far unsuccessful. To make matters worse, the building is subject to regular break-ins and vandalism and is now in a poor state of repair. It was built in 1907 by architect James France, a follower of the Manchester Edwardian school of terracotta and red brick as this fine building clearly demonstrates. Developers are in ownership of a striking Grade II-listed building which encapsulates the proud industrial heritage of the area; surely they can come up with a new reuse which showcases the building’s architectural significance in a creative and sensitive way? Pictures are here.
Christopher Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society, said: “This is a fine Edwardian industrial building which should proudly showcase Shotton’s industrial past. Instead it is boarded-up and unused, and every day continues to be at risk from vandalism and theft. We’re hopeful that the developers realise the value of the historic building they are in ownership of, and put forward a sensitive plan for restoration urgently.”