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Wrecking ball looms over 'Welsh Pimlico'

The Twentieth Century Society (C20) has made a last-gasp attempt to save Wales’ answer to Pimlico School, the Evans and Shalev Architects-designed Newport High School.

The 1972 Brutalist building is scheduled to be demolished and replaced by an HLM Architects scheme as part of the Welsh government’s drive to improve failing secondary schools.

C20 is now trying to find ‘prestigious’ architects to say why the school should be saved.

C20 director Catherine Croft said: ‘This is a very important building, and we hope to have enough time to gain support.’

The founding partner of Evans and Shalev Architects – Eldred Evans – said C20 was only made aware of the proposals in late November when HLM associate Jonathan Jones wrote to Evans to inform her of the demolition plan.

According to Jones, the original school has fallen into disrepair. He added that chances of stopping the replacement are low, as work is set to begin on site at the end of the month.

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