Bor, Walter (10 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 10: Walter Bor [WB] Prepared himself for course, accepted and awarded diploma at top of class. First post-war planners to qualify. Approached by architect Anthony Chitty to plan Farnham in Surrey. Son fostered by friends in South London and WB joined LCC Planning Department. Rapid promotion culminating in position of Deputy Planning Officer in 1960. Drowned himself in work and continued to study theory and design, qualifying as member of RIBA. Started his own architecture practice building a dozen private homes. Details including house for actor, Ferdy Mayne. Decision to concentrate on Planning and Design rather than architecture. His earlier career at LCC and appointment as assistant senior planning officer in charge of East End planning 19957-60. A major contributor to Stepney/ Poplar Reconstruction Area – Lansbury housing scheme and first shopping centre. Pre-war maximum height of 100 ft broken by LCC with skyline projects. Reference to Hilton Hotel.

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