I will always be fascinated by abandoned places. There is something really quiet interesting about how buildings in the centre of a busy town can be completely deserted and overlooked to deteriorate.
St John’s House is an office block located in Serpentine Road, Poole, just behind the Barclay’s House. It’s been abandoned for just over two years after a relocation on the previous business.
Since the doors closed for the final time, it has been surrounded by a metal fencing, which as of recently, has been trampled down and invaded by the intrigued explorers and graffiti writers who have painted the walls.
This once thriving office block has now become careless derelict. Windows, smashed and destroyed, the glass in shatters across the ground below. Boards, ripped from windows and doors and ladders have been positioned against low windows for an easy access.
Abandoned and left for urban decay. With no light at the end of the tunnel and only demolition insight, we have to start saying goodbye to the Poole we once knew and say hello to the new and improved vision of this coastal town.
The feeling of despair is clear when wondering around this building. People pass by without even noticing this abandonment and taxi drivers wait patiently in the glassed car park for their next ride.
St John’s House is set for demolition and plans of a 13 storey skyscraper will be the beginning of the transformation of Poole.
The soon-to-be highest building in Poole will home 58 studio, 92 one-bed, 49 two-bed and 4 three-bed flats. It will also include a fitness suite, 90 parking spaces, bike storage and a roof-top garden and will overtake the neighboring building, Barclays House which currently stands at ft.
What do you think of the plans for a 15ft skyscraper in the middle of Poole?