Ravenscraig, once the capital of steel production, now exists as wasteland of nothingness. Fragments of failed developments sit scattered across the vast landscape, reminders of its rejection of the capital-led plan. The thesis proposes an alternative approach to development. Taking ideas of formal autonomy from Ledoux, Kaufmann, Le Corbusier, Rossi and Koolhaas, a formally autonomous approach is developed for Ravenscraig. The approach places a focus on form as a generator of permanence, removed from the constraints of external influence alongside a willingness to distort pre-conceived ideas function and form.