Segal and Span – Architecture Ride 20th October

Date: Sat 20th October 2018*
Meet: 10.30am outside the cafe (north side) in the middle of Brockwell Park.
Contact: Philip Loy
Mobile: 07577 293885
This ride will look at two ‘pioneering’ approaches to house building and design.
Our first visit will be to Walter’s Way near Honor Oak, a reprise of our visit last year. The houses here were built by the residents themselves using a system designed by architect Walter Segal that did not require specialist skills. The spirit of self build and community housing continues today by various organisations and is an interesting solution to housing needs.
Our second visit will be to the Cator Estate in Blackheath to see some the examples of ‘Span’ housing, so called as they were designed to cater for the middle ground between large council estates and mansions for the wealthy, and to create genuine communities. They may look familiar now but at the time they were a radical reaction against the mock Tudor prevalent in post war architecture, using new construction techniques, featuring open plan interiors with large areas of glass, and integrated with landscaping.
It’s likely that we will have a lunch stop between the two visits depending on timings, likely to be in Blackheath town centre. We should be finished by 4.00pm.
* Note this ride is not on the usual last Saturday of the month

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