Conducting a historical analysis is a vital part of the process of engaging and having a deeper understanding of the site, in order to be able to propose an appropriate design that has a positive impact later in history.
The image above illustrates the site in 5 different time periods (1890s, 1900s, 1920s, 1950s, 2010s). Key aspects of the site where extracted in order to be analysed and compared: the main streets and railway, the industrial area and River Sheaf. The analysis of these elements indicates that the river, main streets and railway have not been through any major modifications for more than a century. The housing areas increased drastically between the 1890s and 1900s and green areas were reduced as a result, but there haven’t been any major changes since. The first industrial building appeared in the 1950s, while the current industrial area used to be a large landscape area. The most notable change occurred between the 1950s to present, where the industrial areas developed immensely following the end of the industrial revolution in the UK. This was surprising, as the buildings in the industrial areas seemed much older when we visited the site, with lots of layers of time behind the outer walls. This proves that there haven’t been any significant attempts for preservation or conservation of the industrial area since its construction.