Sugden, Derek (4 of 5). National  Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2014-07-15, 2014-09-24, 2014-12-16, 2015-10-07

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home in Watford, Hertfordshire

  • Interviewees

    Sugden, Derek, (1924-2015) (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Dillon, Niamh (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4: [Session three: 7 October 2015] DS describes who was working at Arup when he started in the 1950s – explains why he found working at Arup’s congenial. [00:03:21] Mentions working on the Bank of England printing works – mentions cylindrical shell roofs. [00:04:50] Working on the Provincial Insurance Company – Connell Ward and Lucas were the architects. [00:06:42] Mentions Philip Dowson joining Arup’s – working on Duxford with Dowson which was the beginning of the building group. [00:09:54] DS interest in factory construction, Smith Kline and French appointed Arup’s to design a new factory in Welwyn in 1957 – story about Arup’s expansion in the 1950s, the firm now has around 12,000 staff. [00:14;34] DS returns to talks about the Smith Kline and French project, Leslie Martin was the consulting architect and later asked DS to teach at Cambridge. [00:16:00] Mentions other factories: for York Shipley. Creating an architectural firm which became Arup Associates [00:18:30] combining architecture, engineering, and quantity surveyors. [00:21:39] Mentions Arup’s Masterplan for Loughborough University. [00:24;34] In 1965 Ove Arup was approached by Stephen Rice about a potential opera house in Snape – DS describes his first visit to the maltings in Snape. [00:23:45] Describes his first meeting with Benjamin Britten [00:29:23] anecdote about Benjamin Britten’s dislike of Glydebourne and television. [00:31:48] Britten’s specification for the acoustics, DS interest in music. Describes Benjamin Britten – anecdote about Britten and music [00:37:01] anecdote about Britten’s commitment to the project. [00:39:54] DS knowledge of the Aldeburgh festival before working on the maltings.

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    Life story interview with Derek Sugden, structural engineer. The interviewee died in December 2015, before the interview had been completed. Much of his work on acoustics is therefore not included.

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