On this most auspicious day for space travel it seems fitting to note that Peterlee's Apollo Pavilion has been completely refurbished. Designed by Victor Pasmore and opened in 1969, it had fallen into disrepair, and plans to regenerate it were controversial to say the least.
We visited in 2006 and it was certainly a sight. From Nothing To See Here:
Today it is truly a depressing site - dingy and grey, concrete spalling all over, the murals barely visible with the lake emitting a repellent stench in the background. Public opposition has grown to the point where local councillor Joan Maslin, the Pavilion’s most outspoken critic, tried to enlist the Army, The Prince of Wales and even Jimmy Savile to get rid of it. In 1982 Pasmore himself became involved and faced the local community. He magnanimously commented that the graffiti had humanised his work and suggested, sensibly some might think, that perhaps the locals causing the damage should be removed instead. As a compromise, the steps were demolished, making it less accessible. Sadly this also rendered it fairly useless and even more imposing as walking under its great grey bulk is about as enjoyable as walking over it.
And I liked it. So now the steps have been reinstated, the murals repainted, the concrete repaired and the surroundings landscaped. It's looking mighty fine if these photos by farleychunks are anything to go by. It must have been a long, hard slog to get that done. Great to see it looking so good again.