Architecture

Powell, Sir Philip. (4 of 20). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    0:31:45

  • Shelf mark

    C467/11

  • Subjects

    Architecture

  • Recording date

    1997

  • Recording locations

    NSA

  • Interviewees

    Powell, Sir Philip, 1921-2003 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Brodie, Louise, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4. Philip Powel [PP] describes the changes on the Pimlico housing development over the years - their thoughts in the planning process - windows getting larger -arrangements with Battersea Power Station to provide heat and water - agreed before they won the competition. They won the competition from 64 entries. Westminster's foresight to provide parking for 2000 cars! Personalities of importance were Councillor Parker Morris and Alderman Russell. He tells the story how they defeated Parker Morris by insisting to keep a row of Regency terrace houses on the river frontage. Describes other battles they had with the council. Talks about planning housing to a budget and for building to be done in stages and changes that can be done in later stages of the plan, and how it affected budgets. They also had an "advisory older architect" who did not interfere and though the council kept an eye on them they were most supportive. They had 2 lots of contractors as plan was divided into 2 parts. They got on well with the contractors. The planning was done with post war shortages of supplies in mind. During the 2nd stage - due to the economic situation - they had to stop - but Westminster kept them going on low pay with a skeleton team. PP talks about his co-worker, Jack Moya - who has English mother and Mexican father. He worked well with him - and how they differed from each other.

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