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King's Lynn's new H&M store 'needs an imaginative mural', Lynn News letters

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While I personally welcome the regeneration of that part of the town centre and am not against the extensive glass curved frontage design of the new store, I agree with Mr Madgwick regarding the rear of the store, as shown in his published photo, and its huge high-rise walls that can only be described as ugly.

I have also been puzzled regarding the height of the building which completely blocks out the view of the old Post Office building.

When completion of work revealed these huge twin walls, I felt that the architects had missed a golden opportunity to come up with an imaginative design, thereby avoiding the awful and bland look we are left with.

The rear view of Lynn's new H&M store. Picture by Lee Madgwick (18084024)
The rear view of Lynn's new H&M store. Picture by Lee Madgwick (18084024)

They reminded me of those other great “Walls of Lynn” (at the rear of the Wilkinson’s store). Next time you take a short-cut from the Majestic cinema to the High Street, take a look at the giant brick bland walls which, again, can only be described as ugly.

I personally bemoan the loss of the concrete spiral entrance to the roof-top car park and the interesting pyramid roof in the old New Conduit Street, sadly in my humble opinion, bulldozed to the ground to make way for the current shopping centre.

While Mr Madgwick’s suggestion to demolish the new build and start again is unrealistic, I do agree with his idea that the mass of wall could be more pleasing to the eye if it became the blank canvas for an imaginative contemporary mural. Perhaps there could even be a competition for artists to come up with a suitable design?

Richard Parr


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