Sadly, the face of London is changing. Communities are being shunted out to make way for millionaires luxury commodity flats that will never actually see anyone living in them. Beautiful listed buildings that used to have public access are being gated off to keep the riff raff out. The wonderfully Deco Wallis, Gilbert and Partners Hoover Building has recently been approved for planning permission to become yet more unwanted and unnecessary luxury homes.
Since 1989, when Tesco Supermarket took over the building and have allowed the public to wander around the expansive grounds, marvel at the fantastic architecture, buy your groceries and enjoy a decent coffee in the Costa within the building. However, soon you will only be able to admire this unique piece of London architectural heritage from a distance by peering over locked gates whilst being watched by security cameras.
One of my first memories of London was being awestruck by this building. I wanted to stop and explore but as I was riding pillion within a group of motorcycles, I could only make a promise to myself to come back at a later date. So, before it is closed to the public, I ventured up west London armed with a camera to fulfil that promise. Public access to the interior of the building looks like any other modern supermarket so wasn’t worth photographing. I would have really loved to venture into offices and stairwells where I suspect still has the original ’30s fittings, but sadly there is no way to gain access.
All photos taken on the Leica Standard/ Voigtlander Heliar 15mm – Fomapan 100. I’ve some C41 shots too but I’ll update this post post developed.