Powell, Sir Philip. (7 of 20). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Interviewees

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

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    Brodie, Louise, (speaker, female)

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    Part 7. Contract for Swindon Hospital. Philip Powel [PP] tells how they were appointed by Janet Vaughan, head of Somerville and chair of Oxford Regional Hospital Board. Discusses attitude to building after war. Explains why he is sorry to have done too many hospitals and why the second one is always the best. In their early years, turned down jobs offered. Describes consultation procedure for Swindon Hospital with Oxford Regional Board. Could consult with doctors and nurses which was quite progressive for the time and very helpful. Had advice from Llewellyn-Davis, chief architects to Nuffield Foundation. New ideas came in. Explains principles of design and influence of the site. Talks about how well he, Moya and their team worked together. PP tells how they organised work in Great Smith St office and the gradual acquiring of partners - their way of choosing people. PP explains why Swindon took a long time to get off the ground. Attitude to clients, not dictatorial or arrogant.

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