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Central London housing scheme containing 14 residential blocks laid out on a grid across a 7ha site
Six identical 10-storey blocks are set on an east west axis. Cantilevered reinforced concrete balustraded balconies that provide access for each floor run the length of the north-facing facade.
The balustrading is broken three times in each gallery by 'accents' ( gallery widening points) highlighted by black railings on each side that contribute to the overall effect of a “floating screen” within a cream-tiled surround which is cut away at ninth floor level where the centre flats are set back.
Behind the centre 'accent' are lifts and a staircase. First floor access is given by staircases, supported on a rectangular Staffordshire blue brick pier, at each end of the north façade.
On alternate floors of the south façade, intermediary mullions couple the floor-to-ceiling windows. These mullions act as protective cappings to the end of structural cross-walls supported by fluted concrete columns at each corner.
Eight six-storey blocks are set at right angles to the 10-story blocks. Access to these is provided through the recessed façade at ground floor level via a central lift and open staircases located at each end of the floor.
Staggered windows and private balconies on alternate floors, with a curved front on plan, pattern the east façade. The west façade, that incorporates the access balconies, is clad with precast brick panels in a honeycomb pattern.
- Begun: Dec 1949
- Completed: Dec 1955
- Floor area: 59,000m2
- Sector: Residential
- Tender date: 1947
- Procurement: RIBA form for Local Authorities with quantities
- Address: Bhisop's Bridge Road, London, W2 6HF, United Kingdom