Brown, Neave (15 of 19). National  Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    2013-12-07, 2013-12-14, 2014-02-08, 2014-03-08, 2014-03-15, 2014-03-29, 2014-04-26, 2014-07-27, 2014-08-10, 2014-08-17, 2014-12-06

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Brown, Neave (1929-) (speaker,  male)

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    Franklin, Geraint (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 15: Remarks on the findings of the Alexandra Road public enquiry. [00:01:33] Remarks on working with the structural engineer AH and services engineer Max Fordham. Exhaustion at end of Alexandra Road project. [Loud cough at 00:05:30]. Ill health and retirement of SC, interim appointment of his deputy [Peter Clapham], succeeded by Alf Rigby [Alfred Rigby, AR]. [Interruption at 00:06:30]. Visits to SC on his return from hospital. AR supportive; agreed to take on management consultants from Bickerdike, Allen & Rich for Alexandra Road. [Interruption at 00:09:24]. Remarks on AR; supportiveness of SC. Changing attitude of housing department to Alexandra Road. [00:13:30] Loudon Road part of Alexandra Road site allocated to housing associates and designed by TK. EE and DS designed the children’s reception home and later the home for physically handicapped adults. Remarks on buildings designed by TK and EE/DS. [00:16:55] Mentions criticism of Alexandra Road in the architectural journals. Landscaping of Alexandra Road completed by Janet Jack with NB. Neglect, and recent restoration of landscaping by local residents. [00:21:37] General remarks on lack of maintenance of local authority housing, and effect of ‘right to buy’. Problems of obtaining a mortgage on concrete buildings. Remarks on social aspirations of post-war designers of housing. Significance of Alexandra Road and need for restoration. [00:28:57] Effect of listing of Alexandra Road. Importance of concerted community action. Opportunities and achievements of Alexandra Road project. Support of SC and AR. Collaboration of medical officers of health in design of special school. Describes aspects of school design. Change from health to education authorities in administration of special school and unsympathetic attitudes of education officers to school design. School appreciated by its occupants. Mentions alterations and additions to the building to create a centre for young adults. [00:38:50] Story of planning of youth centre as ‘service centre annexe’.

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