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Latitude: 51.5222 / 51°31'19"N
Longitude: -0.0954 / 0°5'43"W
OS Eastings: 532230
OS Northings: 182082
OS Grid: TQ322820
Mapcode National: GBR Q8.QH
Mapcode Global: VHGQT.9ZDZ
Plus Code: 9C3XGWC3+VR
Entry Name: Community Centre and surround to attached pond
Listing Date: 4 December 1997
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1021949
English Heritage Legacy ID: 466573
Location: City of London, London, EC1Y
County: City of London
Electoral Ward/Division: Cripplegate
Built-Up Area: City of London
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): City of London
Church of England Parish: St Giles Cripplegate
Church of England Diocese: London
TQ 3282 SW
FANN STREET (east side)
Community Centre and surround to attached pond
Community centre, with pool to rear. Design won in competition in 1952, built to revised designs 1955-57. The competition, which included the community centre, won by Geoffry Powell, architects for built scheme Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. Ove Arup and Partners, engineers. Grey brick walls, part load-bearing, and reinforced concrete.
Flat roof. Building entered from ground floor, which is the upper storey. Lower floor set in basement courtyard, part sunken, overlooking pool and formal garden. Ground floor hall, with raised roof over stage, dressing rooms and kitchen. Lower floor has club room and games floor. Timber windows, full height to front entrance hall in set-back screen. Double timber doors with tile cladding to their side. Clerestory glazing to sides, and to right-hand half of garden front, above tile cladding. The rest of the exposed one and a half storeys fully glazed. Fire exits to far side lead to walkways on both levels.
Simple interiors, the main hall and clubrooms with timber floors. Stone surrounds to pool, with stepping stones added 1957-58.
The community centre was an integral part of the competition brief, and its use of two levels and the treatment of the pool surround and paved area to its rear well demonstrate Chamberlin, Powell and Bon's aesthetic.
HISTORY AND ANALYSIS
The development and importance of the Golden Lane Estate is explained in the entry for Great Arthur House.
(City of London Corporation Record Office: Records of the competition, 1951-2. Surviving drawings.; Derek Bean: The Golden Lane Competition, Bartlett School MSc Thesis: -1987; Architectural Review: June 1957: 415-26) .
Listing NGR: TQ3223082082
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