Powell, Sir Philip. (8 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 8. Philip Powel [PP] tells of influence on his own work of Frederick Gibberd and his admiration of Pullman Court built by FG. More about Swindon hospital which took from 1955 - 75 with other architects now adding on to it. Talks about Slough hospital and why they designed a one-storey building in a cross formation - more flexible but for this reason why later spoilt. Next hospital was Wythenshawe in Manchester, also built on cross principle but two storeys. Next hospital was High Wycombe, small site so had to be multi-storey. More difficult to damage by later building. Building materials used. Small illustrations of buildings appeared in books and journals. Discussion of building regulations, not much influence on hospital building but bigger effect on school buildings. More effect on costs and available materials at the time - shortage of steel and timber. Prefabrication was then the fashion. Mayfield school - one of first comprehensives. Explains problems with building against fashionable ideas but succeeding in doing it cheaper. It got built on time. By now has been completely spoilt. Reasons for troubles with Ministry of Education.

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