Monuments of Industry

This monumental Art Deco style building is one of the ventilation stations for the Birkenhead Tunnel that runs under the River Mersey linking Wirral with Liverpool. The building dates from 1925-34 and houses giant fans that are used to provide fresh air for the tunnel and its branches. It’s main tower is an impressive 210 feet high and it stands in a prominent position right on the river’s edge.

Thank goodness that civil engineers and architects back in the inter-war years cared just as much about form as they did function:

Mersey Tunnel, Ventilation Station, Birkenhead, Wirral, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

5 Responses to “Monuments of Industry”

  1. Chillbrook

    There’s a lot to be said for an awful lot of industrial architecture Mark isn’t there? I can think of some wonerful old factories built in the 20’s and 30’s. Corrugated, pre-fabricated factory buildings and warehouses of the 21st century just don’t cut it. Smashing picture.


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