Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Ship Ahoy, Seafront Road and Ramps

"Ship Ahoy" :- Now converted into private apartments this wonderful 1930's Art Deco building was once a very fine and resplendent hotel. The "Grand Ocean Hotel"was designed by Richard Jones who was also the architect responsible for Saltdean's Art Deco Lido swimming pool. The hotel opened in 1938 and had 344 bedrooms as well as a dining hall that could seat 300. From the mid 50's to the early 80's it was used by the Butlins chain and became one of their flagship venues for people holidaying on the south coast. The building was sold and (as stated earlier) has since been converted into apartments with its interior being fully restored to its former 1930's Art Deco glory. Unfortunately I was not given permission to photograph the lobby or grand staircase but am hoping to bump into someone who lives there one day and then I'll be able to gain entry and grab a few shots.

"Seafront Road" :- This is a shot and image that I initially had no intention of taking at all. I had (foolishly) ventured out on an overcast and wet afternoon with the notion of grabbing a few moody shots of Brighton. I'd parked the car at the Marina and had walked the mile or so to the famous part of the seafront where I proceeded to take some shots. All seemed to go well until I started to walk back again whereupon the skies opened and a torrential downpour ensued with the wind making sure they was very little shelter. Quickly I darted underneath the old 1890's built terrace and arches that run along Madeira Drive and decided to wait it out. With very little else to do but stand and stare I kept myself busy by taking a few shots and this was one of them.

"Ramps" :- All this has been flattened and demolished since I took the shot back in October 2012. These old wooden skateboarding ramps were part of the park known as "The Level" which lies between Richmond Terrace and Ditchling Road in Brighton, England. They were old, worn and outdated and the park itself was looking particularly disheveled. Then it was suddenly announced that the park would be closed down for a while and that it was going to be redeveloped. A couple of yeas on and "The Level" has been given a new lease of life with a brighter and happier feel and look to it. The skateboard park has been moved completely to a different and bigger area and the ramps, bowls, jumps and runs have been fashioned out of concrete making it all far sturdier and thankfully a lot quieter!

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