Goldfinger, Peter (30 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London and the British Library

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    Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 30: Humphrey Wood contd. His wife, children, how they became friends. Staying with him in his Wiltshire home. Sheffield University, strong architecture school. Sarah Wigglesworth professor there. Her father is Gordon Wigglesworth [GW] with important job in GLC planning department. Now with Alan Turner [AT] architect. Examples of PG’s work with them. Housing and office block on Isle of Dogs. Donald Bore(?sp) then partner, good designer. Low-rise buildings. PG’s involvement and experiences when working with GLC in 60’s. Warm-air heating system used in Trellick Tower, details of Boiler House, oil fired boilers, located at top of service tower. Feeding boilers, oil storage, pumping oil to boilers. Its distribution throughout the buiulding into each flat. Warm air heater in each flat. PG’s criticism of this form of heating. Father Erno’s involvement and acceptance of the GLC’s choice of this type of heating. Need for specially made ducts, explains why; responsibility of structural engineer. Erno’s insistence on concrete made this necessary. Details of other complex service requirements. Cold water storage. Description of interior of service tower. Illustration by young Japanese architect who worked in Erno’s office showing distribution of services. GW’s work in Hong Kong. Served with Royal Engineers in World War 2. His work with GLC. Close friend with PG and AT. Regular lunch meetings with GW in Islington. Meeting Professor Hapold , structural engineer who founded architectural school at Bath University. His mother was Mayor of Leeds. He was a senior associate of Ove Arup and ran a group called ‘Structure Three’. Explains. Engineers for Pompidou Centre in Paris. Also worked with German architect, Frei Otto on lightweight structures. Specialists in their field. Worked on the Dome, Munich Olympic Stadium. PG’s firm working on hotel and conference centre in Rhyiad and also in Mecca

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