One of Gwent’s most iconic buildings has been commemorated in a tribute to Britain’s post-war architecture.

Brynmawr’s Dunlop Rubber Factory is one of 10 buildings featured in the Demolishing Modernism project, created by insurance site GoCompare.

Designed and completed in 1951, the factory was funded with government money to replace jobs lost due to local mine closures.

Hailed as an architectural masterpiece, the factory itself was never a commercial success and was sold to Dunlop one year after its completion.

Dunlop ran the factory for 30 years before it closed in 1982. In 1986, it became the first post-war building in Britain to be listed.

Often considered unsightly in the decades that followed, many of Britain’s post-war buildings have been knocked down in recent years.

Despite the rubber factory’s listed status and strong opposition from heritage groups, the site was almost completely razed in 2001.

Catherine Croft is the director of the Twentieth Century Society, a charity campaigning to save further buildings from demolition.

She said: “As a society we tend to under-value the architectural accomplishments of the preceding generation, but in time the most loathed and deeply unfashionable buildings can end up both loved and listed.

“These buildings formed the background to our everyday lives and their absence will impoverish us all.”

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