“The Architect’s Task”

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Two drawings of the Woodside Ventilation Station for the Queensway tunnel beneath the River Mersey. The drawings are from a battered copy of The Story of the Mersey Tunnel Officially Named Queensway published by Charles Birchall and Sons (1934).

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Excerpt: The Architect’s Task. In its essentials the task was this: he had to continue the ventilation-ducts which he found completed to the point at which they emerged from the ground, to a safe height into the air, and he had to house the huge fans and machinery which served them with air, in buildings that would stand worthily in the somewhat sophisticated architectural environment of a great commercial centre.

Architect: Herbert J Rowse FRIBA