Lego Greyfriars to go on display at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Mackintosh, by  the Lego version of Greyfriars.
Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Mackintosh, by the Lego version of Greyfriars.

A Lego recreation of Greyfriars bus station first featured in the Chronicle & Echo is set to go on display at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery from tomorrow.

The model, built by NHS worker Rob from Daventry, who did not wish his surname to be revealed, took two weeks to make and contains 3,300 Lego pieces.

His recreation of the brutalist building described by Channel 4’s Kevin McCloud as ‘the mouth of hell’, was due to be kept in his garage for safekeeping, he said.

But after The Chron reported the 29-year-old’s efforts earlier this month, Northampton Borough Council contacted Rob, who has also made accurate recreations of the Twin Towers and Preston Bus Station with Lego.

Rob said: “I think it’s great it’s going on display, I just hope other people will go and see it as well.”

The Lego Greyfriars is going to be on display at the museum until March 20, five days after its real life counterpart is demolished in a controlled ‘implosion’ on Sunday, March 15.

Rob started his latest project by researching interior and exterior pictures of the former bus station provided by his grandfather, who was a bus driver operating out of there in the 1970s.

He says the most challenging part of the building to recreate was the sloping windows, made using hinged plastic panels available in Lego sets.

“I hope this opens more of a discussion into the building itself,” Rob added. “There was a lot of discussion on Facebook and what came out of it was a lot of people were very fond of the old bus station.

“I guess you either loved it or hated it.”

Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm): “The model is incredibly impressive and we are pleased to be able to display it at the museum so that members of the public can come and appreciate the amount of time and dedication that went in to making the model.”

For more information and museum opening times visit: www.northampton.gov.uk/museums