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Berkley Burke Building (Formerley Goddards Polish Factory)

A Grade II Listed Building in Leicester, Leicester

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Latitude: 52.6293 / 52°37'45"N

Longitude: -1.1254 / 1°7'31"W

OS Eastings: 459292

OS Northings: 303865

OS Grid: SK592038

Mapcode National: GBR FJM.HB

Mapcode Global: WHDJJ.P59M

Plus Code: 9C4WJVHF+PR

Entry Name: Berkley Burke Building (Formerley Goddards Polish Factory)

Listing Date: 24 January 2005

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1407445

Location: Castle, Leicester, LE1

County: Leicester

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Built-Up Area: Leicester

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Leicester Holy Trinity with St John the Divine

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Factory and offices, now offices. 1932, by Percy Herbert Grundy, Architect, of Leicester, for Goddard's Silver Plate Powder and Polish firm.
Centre and end bays are predominantly red brick with some grey and burnt bricks, laid in English bond; aluminium and glass curtain walling; concrete and stone dressings; roof not visible. Square metal rainwater goods with decorative hoppers.
Art Deco style. 2 storeys, with basement. 13 bays wide to Nelson Street
EAST ELEVATION: Centre bay: brick frame with curtain wall infill panel of 4 elongated metal Crittall lights with intermediate glazing and top- and side-hung casements; blind horizontal panel between the floors, with intermediate, vertical glazing pattern continued from lower floor; channelling to upper sections of piers and shallow, unadorned, central pediment with date 1932 and flagpole.
Flanking the centre are 4 bay sections of curtain walling under projecting solid parapet. Each bay has tripartite windows with intermediate glazing and horizontal, blind centre section is elaborated with the intermediate line of glazing and panels with offset glazing bars.
End three end bays to north and south with have tripartite windows with intermediate glazing: outer two bays of upper floor are recessed with abstract finial at end of balcony; plat band and sill bands; channelled brickwork to parapet; inner windows have apron panel inscribed J G & S and abstract feather pattern.
SOUTH ELEVATION: canted bay window with recessed centre at ground floor; square chimney with setback buttresses at left. NORTH ELEVATION: similar to south but ground floor altered.
REAR ELEVATION: E-plan with projecting centre and end bays. Mostly rendered with fenestration similar to east front but no curtain walling.
INTERIOR: retains no features of special interest.
A good example of an Art Deco style commercial building using aluminium and glass curtain-walling, by a significant local architect. Forms a group with nearby 55 and 57 London Road by the same architect.

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