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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1021952



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: City and County of the City of London

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 04-Dec-1997

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 466576

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TQ 3282 SW GOLDEN LANE (west side) 627-0/3/10180 Bastion or garden feature, including ramps

GV II Rondpoint or Garden feature. Part of original design won in competition 1952; built 1956-7. Winning competition design by Geoffry Powell, design developed and built by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. Reinforced concrete clad in granite blocks. Circular bastion with continuous seat on each side, paved in granite setts and reached via steps, and with curved ramp on one side, which has steel balustrade.

SPECIAL INTEREST The bastion was in the original design, and enclosed the strong north-south axis of the competition layout, which survives though it is not emphasised in the version as built. It, the steps and ramp, also highlight the changes in levels within the scheme. Its greatest significance, however, is as the principal circular element within the formal grid of rectangular blocks, gardens and terraces at Golden Lane. Out of the featureless landscape of derelict, bombed warehouses with deep basements, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon developed their interest in three-dimensional planning to achieve a particularly interesting, urban pattern, a mixture of picturesque planning laced with the formal geometry which was becoming a powerful force in the early 1950s. Though the most conscious landscape feature of the estate, there is nothing left to chance of nature in the bastion either.

HISTORY AND ANALYSIS The development and importance of the Golden Lane Estate is explained in the entry for Great Arthur House.

(Architectural Review: June 1957: 415-26; City of London Corporation Record Office: Surviving drawings and perspectives) .

Listing NGR: TQ3218982127

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'Architectural Review' in June, (1957), 415-26

National Grid Reference: TQ 32189 82127


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