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Former Clay's Printing Works

A Grade II Listed Building in Southwark, Southwark

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Latitude: 51.5064 / 51°30'23"N

Longitude: -0.1063 / 0°6'22"W

OS Eastings: 531521

OS Northings: 180311

OS Grid: TQ315803

Mapcode National: GBR NG.84

Mapcode Global: VHGR0.3DNJ

Plus Code: 9C3XGV4V+HF

Entry Name: Former Clay's Printing Works

Listing Date: 17 September 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385748

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471158

Location: Southwark, London, SE1

County: Southwark

Electoral Ward/Division: Cathedrals

Built-Up Area: Southwark

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Southwark Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text


636-1/1/557 (West side)
Nos.1, 2 AND 3
Former Clay's Printing Works


Printing works, now offices. 1909. By GF Collinson, architect,
and Alexander Drew, engineer. Reinforced concrete, utilising
the Khan system.
EXTERIOR: 5 storeys over basement, the top floor set back.
Originally of 13 bays, symmetrically arranged about an
entrance range, with an additional goods bay to the south. The
central tower which rises to 6 storeys, projects slightly from
the rest of the elevation, as do the bays, formerly capped by
low domes, at either end.
The divisions of the building are marked by piers, each with
an octagonal chimney or vent breaking the skyline, and a
protruding iron ring at the 2nd-floor level. At 3rd-floor
level, the 5 bays between the central tower and the end bays
are treated as a glazed loggia of which the deep coved cornice
of the 2 bays to either side of the tower shelters the only
group of round-arched windows.
On the lower 3 floors, each bay contains a tripartite
rectangular window with a flat metal frame. The last bay to
the south also has tripartite windows at 2nd- and 3rd-floor
levels, but the ground floor has a wide goods entrance
surmounted, at the 1st-floor level, by a large semicircular
window with 4 vertical divisions. Entrance aedicule to centre
range has primitive attached columns.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
The style is eclectic, with references both to Chicago School
commercial design, and the work of WR Lethaby; a hint of Tudor
detailing intermingled with the Arts and Crafts touches.
An early example of the Khan system of reinforced concrete
construction, invented in the United States and introduced to
Britain in the Edwardian period. The Khan system is second in
importance only to the Hennebique concrete reinforcement
system, which was first used in this country at the end of the
1890s. Quite apart from this technical interest, the structure
has considerable architectural merit; the designer has endowed
a straightforward and utilitarian pier and spandrel system
with grandeur and powerful scale.

Listing NGR: TQ3152180311

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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