Uni: A Wander Around the Campus, Plymouth, Devon - 18th December 2005

It's the morning after the reunion, and Nosher wakes up with a start at nearly midday, realising that there's only 15 minutes before it's supposed to be checkout time. After a quick exit, and forgoing plans to document the urban decay of Union Street, it's off to the university (formerly Plymouth Polytechnic) for a look round. Every visit reveals more building, and less and less of the original fabric remains. There's also the sad remains of Kirkby Stores, on Kirky Place, near the James Street Vaults: in the late 80s, student magazine "Fly" had its offices a few doors up, and it provided a handy source of pasties, crisps and cans of pop - everything for a balanced diet. There was also Sunday morning bar work in the Students' Union, which, apart from the early start, was something of a privileged job which included stocking up, cellaring and the most important mission of the day, which was to head over to Kirkby Stores for enough rounds of legendary bacon sandwiches to feed all the other bar staff. Fly moved its offices into the SU in the 90s, and there was obviously no-longer enough demand and the place closed down

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View from the Copthorne Hotel over North Cross roundabout

The GTB, now known as the Babbage Building

The old General Teaching Block

The Coburg Street Villas, seemingly untouched by modernisation

The re-skinned Engineering Block (right) and Science Block (back)

Up the hill past Engineering and the GTB stairs

Babbage/GTB entrance

Kirkby Stores and the James Street Vaults

Kirkby Stores entrance

The sad fate of Kirkby Stores

Bill posters free-for-all

A broken and exposed bulkhead light

Looking up Kirkby Terrace: Fly's office was about half-way up on the right

The JSV actually has a Wimpy in it

The Fitzroy Building (used to be Maritime Lecture Block); the Electron Microscopy Unit

The road past the Electron Microscopy Unit

The back of the LRC and SU

Looking down to engineering

Back of the Students' Union, and the Science Block in the background

What used to be the entrance to the LRC (Library)

The dude walking out of the LRC wall

The SU pyramid and the faint remains of an 80s advert for Nightline

Entrance to the SU: re-arranged but mostly the same

Looking down past the main hall to North Hill

Maritime Hall of Res and the new Business Studies block on Endsleigh Place

Another refugee from modernisation: the link building between Engineering and Science

Looking back up on the way back to the hotel

The University of Plymouth logo on the GTB wall

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View from the Copthorne Hotel over North Cross roundabout