Robinson College, Cambridge, listed

Robinson College by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia – the Glasgow architects’ final major work, from 1977-81 – has just been recognised with Grade II* listing.

The building is clad with 1.4 million handmade bricks, and as with St Bride’s church, the brick is used in different ways to create a variety of colour and texture. The use of brick also links the building to older, Tudor structures nearby, such as St. John’s.  

Brick is also used in other modern buildings such as Hillingdon civic centre (1979).

The college includes a chapel, featuring stained glass by John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens , who also worked on Coventry Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Robinson College, Cambridge, by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia
Norwich Goldsmith Street council housing

Housing developers need to start designing for life – Big Issue

“For too long developers have been throwing up high-density homes that look more to profit than people. But the secret to better building isn’t rocket science” says TV architect Laura Jane Clark in the Big Issue.

“The vertical city was an idea by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, where he combined homes with shops, salons, nurseries, play spaces and even a fantastic swimming pool on the roof. Yet when this model was adopted to create high-density housing in our cities in the 1960s and ’70s, in order to cut costs the communal elements were removed, including the shopping and the hairdressers, the entertainment and, of course, the rooftop swimming pool.”

Cites Norwich Council estate Goldsmith Street as an example of a modern success story. And Cumbernauld as an example of a pedestrian heaven, that didn’t work out.

Norwich Goldsmith Street council housing

“Joined-up thinking with developers, architects, landscape architects, town planners and builders is the way ahead, ensuring future residents are foremost in the design, with each member of the team asking themselves “would I like to live here?”” Doesn’t sound unreasonable, does it?

Murray One to get mix of exterior finishes?

Due refurbishment.  As each separate close gets its own vote there are fears the building will have three different finishes on the outside.
Both blocks of flats are part of the Murray One development, which originally had a white-painted finish on the outside.
They were awarded the prestigious Saltire award for design and were celebrated as an example of excellence in public housing development.
[Daily Record]

Murray One flats