The Old Job Centre

This was the job centre. So it was a civil building. I can’t understand why the council would leave it in this state.

This is how it looks at the moment:

Furniture Store Before

But this is how it could look if it became a Furniture Store:

Furniture Store After

Ilfracombe should be proud of its history. Why not include a little text about the building next door? The hand points to the Old Candar Arcade and says:

“The Candar Hotel & Victorian Arcade stood next door until 1983 when they were destroyed by fire. The new buildings were opened by HRH Prince Charles & Lady Diana in their last official engagement as prince & princess of Wales in 1992.”

I actually approached the mayor of Ilfracombe with this idea in 1992 when I was a mere design graduate but he dismissed it coming up with every excuse under the sun from planning and red tape to health and safety (it may distract drivers and cause an accident!). Hopefully the local Council are more receptive to ideas these days.

3 Responses to “The Old Job Centre”

  1. 1 black hattitude November 1, 2009 at 2:23 am


    Thank you for the great quality of your blog, every time i come here, i’m amazed.

    black hattitude.

  2. 2 INterested party in Ilfracombe November 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I saw this in the journal and thought they were great. I don’t understand why they don’t have an exhibition about them, it would be great. HAlf the shop owners don’t seem to give a shit about the state of the high street, it looks like a dump. It’s a shame as the other half try hard and it takes away from their hard work.

    PLease do a makeover of the landmark, various burnt out hotels and the awful bus station.

  3. 3 leenewham February 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Many thanks for your comments. :-).

    With a little luck some of the decision makers will take notice. Up to now they don’t seem to want to know. While I think some things in the town are a step in the right direction, they could be so much better. There seems to be too much debate and not enough doing. Not enough trust in decent designers who car and understand the town and watery unimaginative ideas that don’t seem to pay homage to the town.

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