University of Surrey - Now and then (1990 to 2010)

Out of the launderette window

1990 : Ok, I think i may have been standing outside of the laundry, but you get the idea : looking west. Note the brown painted catwalk alongside the library. And love the Kendall self drive hire van.

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2010 : The catwalk went many many years ago, as did the spiral staircase entrance with the yellow handrail. Car parking spaces have been replaced by bike racks, and there is a nice blue trim around the library. The launderette area (and the shop, post office, etc.. ) have all been knocked down and construction was taking place (hence the 'cones' leading up to the area).

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Back of Rawson / GCR Studio

1990 : The ragged green curtains still hanging in the window! And a yellow plastic 'Drinkwater Sabey' thing. I always thought that was an odd name for a company.

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2010 : The tree is the same. Some wooden posts have appeared. And the windows with a nice dark red trim have appeared on campus courts all over the place. The satellite dishes of the current GU2 Radio studio are just visible in the top right corner.

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The Shop / Post Office

1990 : "So near so .. SPAR". or "The Shop with the Pillar!" as the Rag-Week issue of Bear Facts once called it.

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2010 : Well ... not much to see here as the whole area is being reconstructed at the moment - shame, I would have liked to of seen it if the shop & post office had still been there. The new shop (called 'Amigo') is located at the bottom of BB building and has the Post Office inside.

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View from a Bridge

1990 : Overlooking the lakes, this is the view from the top bridge between AB and BB buildings. You can just see the 'golf ball' off to the left hand side.

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2010 : Lots of building work here then! The golf-ball no longer visible, and an extension to the top of AB building (they did one to BB too) can be clearly seen..

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Sports Field

1990 : Here's one which remains the most unchanged. Radio Surrey and NatWest bank buildings on the left. Sports Hall off in the distance.

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2010 : Yup ... looks pretty much the same!

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Another View

1990 : Another view of the library on the left. That small tree has now grown up!

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2010 : Relatively unchanged. The front of the library is different though. They've painted the lamp post a darker shade of blue, too.

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Looking out to town

1990 : This is the path that takes you down (or up from) Guildford Park Avenue. A nice view of Guildford itself too ...

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2010 : I think they extended University Court (on the left) as well as their being some new non-university houses to the right.

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The Amphitheater

1990 : Where they used to take the picture of the survivors of the Grad Ball.

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2010 : Almost identical! And they still take the survivors photo here!

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Road through the middle of A and B blocks

1990 : Speed bumps! And that annoying gate at the end ...

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2010 : Another gate added! And a bike lane. Ooh, how pretty. Still some plastic yellow dustbin thing hanging around by the side.

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The Lakes

1990 : It's a shame the 'Love Crime' golf ball isn't in there somewhere, must just be out of the left of the frame of this photo.

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2010 : Captured more of the senate/security car pak in this one, with some nicely painted disabled spaces. The lake's are the still there though, only with more trees!.

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Back of BB Block

1990 : I used to work in the BB building. This was the view of the 'back' of the University with the car parks and the road that used to run around the back perimeter.

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2010 : And this is what happens if you take a picture standing in the same spot now! They put some new buildings up ...

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And some bonus 'non comparison' shots.

The GCR Studio became .. who knows? The door has been replaced with one without glass, so you can't look in. Just another students room ... ? Probably not because it has a combination lock so is probably just a store room.

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The Union is now .. gated! And now includes a 1,600 capacity nightclub called 'Rubix' the occupies the upper levels of the Union building, which has been extended upwards twice over the years. There are now 9 sets of separate stairs to get you around inside.

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And the new buildings out the back, the ones that now block the view from BB. Presumably CA, CB and CD buildings ... ? Nope, because they didn't carry on with that naming scheme. It's the AP building (Austin Pearce) and the one on the left is the MS (Management School) building.

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University of Surrey photos

Back in February of 1990, I had one of those 'Use once and develop' cameras hanging around doing nothing - I'd been given it as a gift for my 18th birthday and never used it. Interestingly enough it was one that was a super-landscape panoramic vision, so one day when I was busy not-working (Which - let's face it, was most days) I went for a wander around the campus to shoot some photo.

When I unpacked my stuff the other day, I found my box of photos with these photos that I hadn't seen in about, er .. twenty years! So I decided that it was time to go back with my modern DSLR and wide-angled lens, and take shots standing in the same positions twenty years on. Enjoy!

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