Saturday, 7 August 2010

ICI Office Building - Billingham

Active throughout the 60's, this building was closed down in the early 70's due to a new fanciful office being built elsewhere... Impressively this 60's architectural vision of the future still stands today, somehow haunting in its stature...

This was the carpark tunnel adjacent to the building...

As it was in the 60's


  1. This is a great post. For me, ICI were (literally) part of the fabric of the 1970s. From seeing Terylene ™ everywhere, to their paints in DIY shops (a pheomenon which itself took off in the late '70s), ICI were unescapable. Their logo has always held a fascination, in a very institutional way.

    - Jb.

  2. Cheers Jon.
    Yep the ICI was the main avenue for workers here in Teeside between the 60's and the 80's. Now however, the whole area is a wasteland strewn full of haunting, derelict work buildings, machinery and disused chimneys wich you can observe as you travel between redcar and billingham on the train... And, without being sychophantic.. the best soundtrack to view such a landscape as your riding on the train, is most of the Advisory circle's back catalogue... ;)
    So cheers again Jon.

  3. My father used to work for ICI in Billingham in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He says:

    "This was the HQ of ICI's Agricultural Division. I worked at the HQ of Petrochemicals Division, an adjacent ivy-clad building.

    "The ivy cladding covered the building and several nearby tanks used to store synthetic petrol during the war days. It was there as camouflage against German bombers, who had discovered that ICI was synthesising petrol from coal."