Film of Hemel Hempstead new town showing its modern architecture, mosaic murals and modern sculpture. The narrator speaks of how the town is the pride of modern developers. “But new building means new problems – what to do with the old?” Interesting commentary about how the new shopping centre has taken trade around from the old town.
The film also includes shots of the old town being revitalised. It is being rebuilt with help from the civic trust and has been designated a conservation area. Retaining and preserving the ancient while constructing the modern is a scheme never before attempted in a new town states the narrator. Planners are making the old fit with the new.
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