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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0hbhmj9

No one wants their hometown to be labelled as dismal. But 13 miles outside of Glasgow, Cumbernauld is the only place to have won an award for being ‘Scotland’s most dismal town’ – twice. Its huge Brutalist shopping centre is an iconic feature of the town’s skyline. Yet in 2023, North Lanarkshire Council announced plans to demolish Cumbernauld Town Centre and start again. What makes these plans intriguing is that in 1967 the town won a prestigious prize for its innovative architecture. How does a town centre go from pioneering to demolition in less than 60 years? Cumbernauld was built as part of the post-war New Town movement, which aimed to create new places for people living in overcrowded areas of big cities like Glasgow and London. Their designs were pretty futuristic, featuring new concepts like multi-level indoor shopping centres (Ooooh!). Cumbernauld Town Centre was a bustling mall in its heyday. But nowadays, the corridors are lined with buckets and the penthouse apartments belong to the pigeons. The building has changed since its golden era, how’s life changed for the people who moved here as kids? Join History Hun (Anouska Lewis) on her trip to Cumbernauld as she gets lost in the megastructure, speaks to residents who moved here in the New Town’s glory days, and visits a community garden in a space that could represent Cumbernauld Town Centre’s future… History Hun is on a mission to prove that no hometown is boring. Because everywhere has a history and history’s never boring!!

Period15 Feb 2024

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  • TitleBBC Sounds
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media typeRadio
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date15/02/24
    Descriptionhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0hbhmj9
    PersonsAlistair Fair