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The Passing of Boldrewood

The Medical and Biological Sciences building [No 62], in the University of Southampton has now been demolished. Planning for the building started the week that I started as a lecturer in 1967 in the Physiology and Biochemistry Department [Head of Department, Prof. Ken Munday].
The building is known as Boldrewood and is seen here when bright and beautiful.
As it decomposed with age to an ugly stained grey it became known as Bolditz.
This is a record of its demolition by Hughes&Salvidge (Demolition).

Links: Hughes&Salvidge (Demolition). University plans for redevelpment of the Boldrewood site

Pictures and Videos of demolition including felling of the chimney and retreat of the smashers


PICTURES       Most of these are now arranged in four sets based on viewpoint. They were taken during about two months from the end of July to the beginning of October.
Aerial views      
From Burgess Road [South face] From Bassett Avenue [South West face] From gate in Bassett Crescent East [North East view] From my bedroom window in Oaklands way [North face]
The very end; chimney felling and departure of smashers and grabbers  


 
Aerial view of Boldrewood just after completion
Aerial view before the new lecture theatre block was built
Aerial view after new lecture theatre block was built
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View from Burgess Road [ie. South face]       Top of pictures
My office was on left Level 4 [3rd from top; level 6]
My office has now gone [far left]. Its supporting column remains as a memorial [next picture]
West section disappearing fast
Starting on East front. Remove window frames first.
View inside foyer into refectory area
 
The stairwell with my favourite red stairs.
 
 
 
 
Nearly finished with my stairs
All gone
A few scraps remaining; I think this should be placed as a sculpture outside new building
 
Just a nice picture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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View from Bassett Avenue   [From South West]            Top of pictures
West end of building. My office was 3rd block from top
 
 
 
 
 
 
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View from the gate in Bassett Crescent East            Top of pictures
 
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Wreck of the hated water cooler at entrance to Boldrewood [view from hole in fence]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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View from my bedroom window in Oaklands Way        Top of pictures
 
 
Keeping Ken Munday's open door policy to the bitter end
 
 
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The final days
About to go down with the sinking ship
Gone
Cut up and carted away
Gloating of the smashers and grabbers
Loading the main smasher; view from our bedroom window
Still needs some adjustment
OK; it fits better that way (view from 17 oaklands way garden)
All ready to go
Loading one of the biggest grabbers
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To see a video of the chimney felling and departure of smashers and grabbers CLICK HERE
 



Videos April 13th Start of North face The end of the water cooler July 22nd; Wreck of the South face [from Bassett Avenue]
July 25-27t; Wreck of South East corner July 28th -Aug2nd;
The end of red stairs
Aug 3-13th. View from bedroom window Aug.18th Wreck of the roof
Aug 18th Wreck of the roof chimneys The final days August 18th -20th Chimney felling and departure of smashers and grabbers [1st week in October]


Video of demolition taken on April 13th; North Car park
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Removal of the water cooler. Placed as close as possible to neighbouring houses , including ours, the wreck of this noisy creature was welcome
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Demolition 22nd July
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Demolition 25-27th July
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Demolition 28th July - 2nd August. The end of the red stairs
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Demolition 3rd - 13th august. View from my bedroom window
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Wreck of the roof
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Wreck of roof chimneys 18th-20th August 2011
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The final days; 15th - 20th August
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Chimney felling; October 3rd
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Departure of the smashers and grabbers; October 4th
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