Goldfinger, Peter (32 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 32: KD’s Anchor Butter building 1978. Site of small farm in Swindon. PG left Dale and Ewbank to join KD, worked from his London home, KD in his cottage in Eastington, Gloucestershire and his London house in Barnes. Team organised and office opened in Cirencester. Firm named Dale and Goldfinger. Local firm of architects, German firm concerned with packaging department. Description of procedure from arrival from New Zealand of dehydrated solid blocks of butter until dispatched as butter throughout United Kingdom, details of engineering requirements. Pressure to get building completed before announcement of any EEC (European Economic Council) regulation prohibiting import of butter from NZ. PG and KD responsible for arranging for process pipework, details of problems arising. KD’s research in France. PG concerned with controls, explains sophisticated aspects of pipe requirements, scale of building, dealing with NZ engineer. Butter-packing hall with visitors’ viewing gallery details. Details of various stages in PG’s partnership with KD, CB, and association with Ewbank. Retirement of CB from Dale and Benham. PG meets architect Michael Bourne working on Royal Holloway College with Ewbanks on building services side. Meeting Chris Hall whose firm designed power stations. Joined their personal consultancy in 1970. Problems arising as result of merger and of unequal sizes of the two firms. Ewbanks huge compared with KD and PG. Different methods of working. Ewbank projects worth millions of pounds, Dale and Goldfinger perhaps 800,000 pounds. Reasons why KD and PG split from Ewbank. Details of differences in philosophies of each firm. Incompatable personalities. Negligence by Ewbank’s staff, rescued by PG and KD, details. Advantages for PG when joining Ewbanks, more work, project in Saudi Arabia, details of urban transport infrastructure and architects there. Desalination plant in Jedda. Description of working in Middle East, differences in service requirements there. PG charged with composing engineers’ manual, hitherto non-existant in Middle East, explaining different needs. Theo Crosby, organiser of competition in Rhyiad for conference centre and hotel. Trevor Dallitt and Aarup’s won. PG knew Theo Crosby and Ted Hapold and KD knew Trevor Dallitt so they were put forward to do the services there as well as the hotel in Mecca. German architect, Rolf Gütdrod, professor from Stuttgart. These were the main international projects for PG and KD. KD’s decision to break with Ewbank.

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