A Lego enthusiast has taken hobbyist dedication to the extreme - after recreating Greyfriars bus station in Northampton using the toy building blocks.
First there was the song, then the drone-cam footage, but the latest tribute to Northampton’s 1976 opened soon-to-be demolished bus station wins hands-down in terms of painstaking dedication.
Daventry NHS worker Rob, who did not wish his surname to be revealed, spent three months researching the design of the brutalist building once dubbed the ‘mouth of hell’.
Then 29-year-old then spent two weeks constructing it in a spare room using 3,300 mainly brown bricks worth £150.
Rob said: “I’m a big fan of brutalist architecture and I just thought it was being demolished, so I had better make sure I get as many photos of this as possible now before it comes down.”
The Greyfriars recreation is Rob’s third major work, having already made topical scale versions of the Twin Towers and Preston Bus Station.
“I’ve been doing this for years,” Rob said. “It’s kind of like a stress release from work.”
Rob started his latest project by researching interior and exterior pictures of the former bus station.
His grandfather, who was a bus driver in the 1970s, had taken a number of photos from inside the building from his time operating out of there.
Rob also spent time taking snaps of Greyfriars from the top of Grosvenor car park and viewing photographs of the building at libraries in the town.
He says the most challenging part of the building to recreate was the sloping windows, made using hinged plastic panels available in Lego sets.
Though the finished article will remain in his spare bedroom, Rob has posted pictures of his Lego Greyfriars on his Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/rh1985/
While Rob says he will be sad to see the bus station demolished on March 15, he believes it is the right thing to do.
He said: “I think it has had it’s day.
“If it was going to be saved, it should have been done a long time ago.
“I will be watching on the internet with a lot of other people on March 15.”