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Southwark Adult Education Institute

A Grade II* Listed Building in Nunhead, London

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Latitude: 51.4721 / 51°28'19"N

Longitude: -0.0537 / 0°3'13"W

OS Eastings: 535276

OS Northings: 176588

OS Grid: TQ352765

Mapcode National: GBR JC.WPS

Mapcode Global: VHGR7.08ZB

Plus Code: 9C3XFWCW+RG

Entry Name: Southwark Adult Education Institute

Listing Date: 27 September 1972

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385863

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471282

Location: Nunhead and Queen's Road, Southwark, London, SE15

County: London

District: Southwark

Electoral Ward/Division: Nunhead

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Southwark

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Peckham St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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636-1/12/726 (East side)
27/09/72 Southwark Adult Education Institute


Formerly known as: Pioneer Health Centre ST MARY'S ROAD.
Medical and recreational centre, now adult education institute
and doctors' centre. 1934-5. By Sir Owen Williams. Concrete
and glass, brick plinth. Flat roof.
EXTERIOR: street front of 3 storeys, 12 bays. Glass front with
metal glazing bars is articulated by white concrete framework
with centre 6 bays gently rounded out above recessed ground
floor. High red brick plinth.
Heavy projecting quasi-entablature to each floor, forming
railed balcony to floor above, and to edge of flat roof.
Square 3-window end features with parapet. Concrete parapet to
these sections and 11-bay return elevations of lofty lower
storey with one storey above, divided vertically by projecting
pilaster strips.
Detached staircase tower annexe with access at 2nd-floor level
on south elevation.
INTERIOR: inside, a gymnasium and a lecture theatre of double
height flanked a central swimming pool, entered at 1st-floor
level. The front portion of the building was occupied, at
ground level by a children's playground and day nursery, a
lounge/cafe at 1st floor, and a library and rest room at
2nd-floor level.
Originally known as the Pioneer Health Centre; integrating
social and medical facilities, this building represented a
revolutionary idea and design, initiated by Doctors Scott
Williams and Innes Pearse.

Listing NGR: TQ3527676588

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