Report (Permission Visit) Unity House, Hanley

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Feb 5, 2013
Unity House was built in 1973, and was home to Stoke-on-Trent City Council and also to some departments of Staffordshire County for 20 years. It was demolished in 2006 to make way for a new business quarter that is currently been built at the moment.
• Unity House was 18 storeys high
• There were 148,000 square feet of floor space
• The structure was 240 feet high
• It was built in 1973
• Local people dubbed it ‘Fawlty Towers’
Unity House stood 240 feet above the Hanley skyline – you couldn't miss it. It might have been part of the city’s history but it was ugly. It was empty for over ten years after the council left and was analysed as having "sick building syndrome".
How it's was knocked down...You’d hope for a nice explosion and a gathering for a few hundred city folk to see Unity House fall to the ground! It wasn’t to be that simple though – it was too dangerous to have an explosion so it had to come down brick by brick during 2005 and 2006 - a very slow process.
The cranes started at the top and worked their way down for Staffordshire’s biggest demolition job. Soon Unity House will, thankfully, be a memory for the people of Stoke-on-Trent.


A view of Unity House from the air

A view of St Marks Church, Shelton from the roof

A view of Hanley from the roof

This is inside the building, I think this is where you would pay your rent

The canteen

The main entrance

The lift to the upper floors. This was creepy with squeaks and bumps.

The start of the demolition

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