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90-101, Bromley Road

A Grade II Listed Building in Lewisham, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4319 / 51°25'54"N

Longitude: -0.0159 / 0°0'57"W

OS Eastings: 538019

OS Northings: 172190

OS Grid: TQ380721

Mapcode National: GBR L4.DNK

Mapcode Global: VHGRF.N8YN

Entry Name: 90-101, Bromley Road

Listing Date: 22 December 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1246888

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471970

Location: Lewisham, London, SE6

County: London

District: Lewisham

Electoral Ward/Division: Whitefoot

Built-Up Area: Lewisham

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Catford (Southend) and Downham

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text

TQ 3872 LEWISHAM BROMLEY ROAD
(North East side)
779/33/10069 Passfields

Nos.90-101

GV II


Block of twelve flats. 1949-50 by Fry, Drew and Partners, job architect J B Shaw, for Lewisham Metropolitan Borough. Ove Arup and Partners, engineers. Solid brick wall construction of sand-lime bricks, with concrete floor slabs. Flat roofs with flat projecting eaves. Two- and three-bedroom flats, with ground-floor stores and refuse room at the foot of each of the two staircases. Three storeys. The block is a symmetrical composition set side-on to the busy Bromley Road to reduce traffic noise. The upper flats have projecting concrete balconies with metal balustrades. Steel windows with opening casements set within concrete sills and lintels an important original feature. The return windows at ends of block similar, but set in continuous moulded surrounds.
INTERIORS: retain some picture rails and many original doors.
HISTORY: Maxwell Fry was one of the pioneer designers of low-cost flats in the 1930s. This is the most important public housing developments produced by his practice in the post-war period. This is a rich and complex development, the blocks carefully sited to give a maximum of open space, light and sunshine whilst reducing traffic noise. The scheme won a Festival of Britain Merit Award in 1951. Nikolaus Pevsner considered that its 'greater diversity of small motifs' was its great divergence from Fry's pre-war work and that it was 'one of the most interesting recent groups of flats in London', a quality enhanced by its excellent state of preservation and landscaping. The four blocks form a harmonious group.


Listing NGR: TQ3801972189

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TQ 3872 LEWISHAM BROMLEY ROAD
(North East side)
779/33/10069 Passfields

Nos.90-101

GV II


Block of twelve flats. 1949-50 by Fry, Drew and Partners, job architect J B Shaw, for Lewisham Metropolitan Borough. Ove Arup and Partners, engineers. Solid brick wall construction of sand-lime bricks, with concrete floor slabs. Flat roofs with flat projecting eaves. Two- and three-bedroom flats, with ground-floor stores and refuse room at the foot of each of the two staircases. Three storeys. The block is a symmetrical composition set side-on to the busy Bromley Road to reduce traffic noise. The upper flats have projecting concrete balconies with metal balustrades. Steel windows with opening casements set within concrete sills and lintels an important original feature. The return windows at ends of block similar, but set in continuous moulded surrounds.
INTERIORS: retain some picture rails and many original doors.
HISTORY: Maxwell Fry was one of the pioneer designers of low-cost flats in the 1930s. This is the most important public housing developments produced by his practice in the post-war period. This is a rich and complex development, the blocks carefully sited to give a maximum of open space, light and sunshine whilst reducing traffic noise. The scheme won a Festival of Britain Merit Award in 1951. Nikolaus Pevsner considered that its 'greater diversity of small motifs' was its great divergence from Fry's pre-war work and that it was 'one of the most interesting recent groups of flats in London', a quality enhanced by its excellent state of preservation and landscaping. The four blocks form a harmonious group.


Listing NGR: TQ3801972189

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