Hallfield Estate

Tecton Group
London, 1955

Subscribe now to instantly view this image

Subscribe to the Architects’ Journal (AJ) for instant access to the AJ Buildings Library, an online database of nearly 2,000 exemplar buildings in photographs, plans, elevations and details.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

Block A north facade 

The Architects' Journal     Download Original

  • Block A north facade    
  • Trinity church view    
  • General view into courtyard    
  • High level view from a 10-storey block    
  • Block B west facade    
  • Ground level view    
  • View between block A and block B    
  • Block A and B perspective view    
  • Block A south facade perspective     
  • Block A south facade    
  • Block A south facade    
  • Block A access-balcony facade    
  • Block A corner    
  • Block A north facade staircase    
  • Block B west facade    
  • Block B east facade    
  • Block B east facade close view    
  • Block B east facade    
  • Block B west facade close view    
  • Block precast concrete cladding view    
  • Fluted concrete column    
  • Junior classroom block    
  • Exterior view laundry    
  • Interior view of laundry    
  • Kitchen    
  • Living room interior view    
  • Room interior view    
  • Site plan    
  • Site plan of laundry    
  • Block A ground floor plan    
  • Block A ninth floor plan    
  • Block A section A-A    
  • Block A upper floor plan    
  • Block B ground floor plan    
  • Block B upper floor plan    
  • Block B section B-B    
  • Construction    
  • Aerial view    
  • Sketch plan of Paddington borough    
  • Sketch site plan showing grid layout    
  • Diagram of basic 10-storey block construction    
  • Model and diagram of heating system    
  • Block A section through top access balcony     
  • Block A section through south wall    
  • Block B section through access gallery    
  • Block B section through rear facade    

Data

  • 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

Professional Team

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.

AJBL Sponsor

Mumford & Wood

Specialist manufacturer of bespoke timber windows, doors and roof lanterns in period and contemporary designs

Find out more