Powell, Sir Philip. (9 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 9. Outline and structure of Mayfield school and why it appears more on a domestic scale. Explains his ideas of what a school should be like. Describes parts of the school - the assembly hall. Various contractors involved in building of school. Special mention for Arups - structural engineers and others. Importance of working together with them and reasons why they did not incorporate structural engineers into own firm. Discussion of mechanical services and why he believes hospitals need specialists in that field. Excitement of building a hospital and reaction from other architects but how the competition system has now changed giving less chance to young architects. Their own work very much associated with the Sixties.

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