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My Pontecorvo Building mystery solved

While not a mystery for anyone local, I’ve never known where the entrance to the Pontecorvo Building was, although I had seen it in photographs showing the opening and dedication of the building.

I’ve never remembered to go take a closer look, or been in too much of a hurry heading elsewhere to make the diversion.

I’m no longer sure of its fate, having seen various claims online, but the building is worthy of note as being used in an episode of ‘Taggart’ (Flesh And Blood broadcast 05 September 1989) where the team had to get some evidence analysed, and the relevant scenes took place in the facilities of the Pontecorvo Building at the the Institute of Genetics, most notably with the detectives travelling in the Paternoster that was installed there.

As far as I’m aware (and could be wrong) this feature is no more, having succumbed to he wishes of some snotty little ‘Jobsworth’ who will have had its use banned for reasons of ‘health and safety’ to protect their job (or just give them a warm feeling of POWER, because they can).

NOT, it should be noted, because the REAL Health and Safety people issued any ruling against it. While not exhaustive, I’ve not come across any such legislation – but while it is those little snots who actually use the term ‘health and safety’, the media and ignorant readers usually point the finger of blame for that stupidity at the legislative body.

The lift or elevator with no door that doesn’t stop or slow down sounds like a sci-fi nightmare, but these these were once common in many parts of Europe, but are now a dying breed after safety norms banned their construction.

Read more of this star here: Paternoster Lift at Prague City Hall

I finally took a moment to detour and find the original building entrance, now almost hidden and buried away in Byres Road:

Pontecorvo Entrance Former

Pontecorvo Entrance Former

And a closer look at that sign – there’s a sky-walk just above and to the left of this, giving access from the adjacent building:

Pontecorvo Entrance Sign

Pontecorvo Entrance Sign

I thought I had some more pics and info to link to in this Blog, but I guess it was raised elsewhere as I can’t find anything earlier.

21/08/2017 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , ,

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