Skip to main content



At the Parkway Towers in Leeds, a concrete slab fall from one of the high floors to the ground.  When I went to Parkway Grange, and amazed by the astonishing view from the roof.   At this article, you will find  brief information about Parkway Grange,  block towers in ancient times,  block towers in UK and main building material of Brutalist architecture, concrete.

PARKWAY GRANGE TOWERS

A seventeen storey H-plan tower block (Parkway Grange Tower) and two fifteen-storey tower blocks built as public housing.  Seventeen-storey block contains 99 dwellings, fifteen-storey blocks contain 88 + 88 = 176 dwellings in total.  Construction was approved by committee in 1965and finished in 1967.

The primary use of the Parkway Grange Tower is residential. 47m roof height, 17-storey (floor) H-plan. Construction was approved by committee in 1965 and completed in 1967.

Address and area:  1-100 Brooklands Crescent, Killingbeck , Seacroft, Leeds , LS14 6UX, West Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Humber region.

Whilst at the Parkway Grange, Brutalist architecture walls are painted to grey and creamy colour, steel elevators smell of piss, Parkway Tower Twins are dealing with serious drug user problems and inside the building, evidence of these can easily be seen.  It is not easy to get into the buildings without a key or  somebody  opening the doors.

As one of the residence pointed, Parkway Grange sways like a flexible skeleton.

Parkway Grange has its own area housing office situated in one of what have been a ground floor flat.


In tower blocks and skyscrapers, thinner, pre-cast concrete slabs are slung between steel frames to form the floors and ceilings and may be walls on each level. Concrete is, by nature, a brittle material that performs well in compression, but is considerably less effective in tension. Reinforcement in concrete is used to absorb these tensile forces so that the cracking which is inevitable in all high-strength concretes does not weaken the structure. For more details about how concrete and steel works together:  <a href="http://www.hindawi.com/journals/structures/2013/628759">www.hindawi.com/journals/structures/2013/628759</a>

WIND RESISTANCE

In addition to the vertical force of gravity, skyscrapers also have to deal with the "horizontal force of wind". Most skyscrapers can easily move several feet in either direction, like a swaying tree, without damaging their structural integrity. The main problem with this horizontal movement is how it effects the people inside.