Goldfinger, Peter (33 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 33: PG and KD leaving Ewbank. Ewbank’s move to Brighton with London office in Alliance House. Growth of Dale and Goldfinger, maximum staff of 25. 1999 death of Ken Dale, firm in dire financial straits. PG responsible for closing down, help from lawyers and accountants. Recap of key jobs in final period. Antarctic Survey Bases, the London Ark, work with architects Levitt Bernstein on housing projects. Explains why KD possible cause of firm’s financial problems in spite of many prestigious projects. Details conventional housing estates engineering requirements for Housing Action Trust in Hackney. Lists architects involved, details of site and building requirements. Problems of updating existing buildings particularly heating system, explains. Development with Levitt Bernstein on Isle of Dogs, housing with Alan Turner Associates, flats, small housing and office block. Details of better quality engineering installed in luxury flats. Competition for St Katherine’s Dock with Renton, Howard, Wood, contractor Taylor-Woodrow. Installing service in Eye warehouse, details of work required. PG's acquaintanceship with Sherban Cantacuzino architect friend of Erno G. Pensions and insurance in Dale and Goldfinger, hazards on building sites. Details PG’s painful experience on BT Drury Lane building site without hard hat. PG’s feelings about being interviewed. Effect on him of his visits to France. Things he admires about the French and the downside. What he gained from his experiences in North America and Canada. Au fond prefers to live in UK.

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