Sunday Selections # 120

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in as well.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of the Harris Scarfe development site. 

yes, I realise it's Mother's Day and you were probably expecting photos of flowers and chocolates and breakfast in bed, but I'm sure there are plenty of those with accompanying stories on other sites. 

So sit back with your cup of tea and the box of choccies and enjoy the photos.

part of the road was blocked off for a pedestrian walkway,

so that cranes and other machinery could move in close to the building and tear it down.
Here, the roof is already gone. I hope the wonderful old windows were saved and are now being used somewhere else.

within days, just an empty block remained and we saw sides of adjacent buildings that we'd never seen before.

I particularly liked this view of stairs zig-zagging up the back of one of the buildings.

soon enough cranes were busy on the block. On the right is the Grenfell Street carpark, before it got a makeover.

scaffolding grew like mushrooms.

would you like to be way up here on a gusty day?

concrete panels followed

the central facade panels were installed while more storeys of scaffolding and construction went higher and higher behind.

early stage of the construction from the Rundle Mall side, before it got so high.

the new face of the Grenfell Street carpark. Looks pretty good don'tcha think?

Air conditioning ducts began snaking through the new building

like giant silver earthworms, and unfinished wiring hung everywhere.

a few weeks later shiny glass windows were put in.

is it ever going to stop growing?

it's looking interesting.

To be continued......


  1. Wow. Like you I do hope (but am not confident) that they saved the windows.
    My preference is always for the older buildings rather than the more modern ones.
    Great construction saga - thank you.

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  3. I can't get excited over the erection of a boring concrete/steel/glass bock with no individuality. Maybe I am, wrong, shall reserve judgement till the end.

  4. Thank you for sharing an interesting new development in the heart of your city. I, like EC, prefer the older buildings that seemed to have so much more character than do the modern and new ones but that's progress for you in this modern age.
    Look forward to further instalments and the final facade of the new building.
    Happy Mother's Day. x

  5. Elephant's Child; I can hope that a salvage company bought the windows and they'll eventually be bought by someone constructing a heritage style residence.

    Andrew; It was lovely on the outside and there was some lovely wood on the old staircases, but the different departments within were a bit higgledy-piggledy.

    mm; I'm not a fan of concrete, steel and glass cubes either, but the store did need modernising, from the foundations up. If only they could have built in a similar old-fashioned style.

    Mimsie; it seems we all prefer the older styles; they do have much more character. Imagine what people of the far future will think of our modern buildings?

  6. Probably the newer building is more efficient but it doesn't have much charm does it?

  7. I always hate to see the old buildings torn down. But if necessary, it is interesting to watch the progress of a new one and also a little scary.

  8. You have been faithful to the building's progress. There is so much to notice.

  9. Delores; not a lot of charm, but it does fit in with the rest of the surrounding buildings.

    Manzanita; progress on the new building was interesting, there was a lot of speculation about what new stores would be included.

    Joanne; even now the construction hasn't finished. Many of the new stores inside are open for business, but a few still stand empty with "watch this space" or "----opening here soon" signs on their windows. and the topmost floor still has scaffolding.


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