John Harris

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From towers to Toast Rack: the brutalists with concrete plans for Britain

Long maligned as eyesores and an offence to human values, modernist architecture is enjoying a passionate upsurge in interest. John Harris visits Manchester and Sheffield to talk to the enthusiasts campaigning for these urban landmarks

On a bitingly cold Thursday morning, Jack Hale and I are standing next to a stretch of the Sheffield inner ring road, and staring, awestruck, at an electricity substation.

On the face of it, those last two words might suggest some anonymous brick box. But the Moore Street substation is nothing like that. Completed in 1968 and granted Grade II-listed status in 2013, it suggests a futuristic version of a castle, complete with ramparts, and its overall dimensions are stunning. “It’s the same feeling some people get from mountains or waterfalls,” Hale says. “This is man-made, but it’s powerful. It seems … what’s the word?”

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