Hallfield Estate and Hallfield School

Uses of the Bombing Map on this website

As can be seen in the Bomb Damage Map above Paddington Station and Bishop's Bridge Road suffered great damage during the Second World War. Apart from the damage from bombs a V1 flying bomb caused great distruction in the southern corner of the existing school site (the area shown by the circle). Some houses nearby were repaired, but the area within the thick black line was demolished and Denys Lasdun (later Sir Denys)1 built the outstanding Hallfield Estate and Hallfield Primary School on the site. He had already built the delightful modern house in Newton Road nearby, and was to build the National Theatre and dozens of other major works.


32 Newton Road, W2,
built 1939, by Lasdun

The facades of the Hallfield flats are monumental patterns - works of art which many artists would have been content to show as wall paintings, but here they are the very fabric within which people live their lives. In the words of the Architects' Journal, ' --- the patterned screen, formed by the balustrading to the access galleries, appear to "float" within the cream-tiled surround. The 6 inch square tiles in the surround, as well as those of the gable walls, are divided by black lines into 3 ft, by foot 6 inch panels.'

Designing of the estate was began early in 1947 by the Tecton and, when the firm was dissolved, Drake and Lasdun were appointed as architects. The Estate provided 656 flats with accommodation for 2,262 persons.


The splendid patterning of a Hallfield Estate Block


The blocks in Harmony

Hallfield Primary School is quietly welcoming, with a definite style, but not shrieking with flamboyant features. Its modernity is gentle and relaxing, with brickwork that soothes and a gentle curving shape that is modestly exciting. Its internal spaces are all pleasantly shaped: its corridors a joy to walk along. The first floor curved corridor has a deftly positioned sequence of windows that are a quiet joy to pass. The Infant Assembly Hall on the Ground Floor and the Junior one on the First, are light, airy, spacious, but undaunting --- a pleasure for morning assembly or an evening Parents' Meeting. Hallfield has a character ideally suited for a school of young children.


Footnote

  1. Sir Denys Lasdun, Hallfield Estate, Architects' Journal, 3 Mar. 1955;   Obituary, Guardian 12 Jan. 2001. 32 Newton Road, W2, A, Review Mar. 1939, A.  J. 39 Mar. 1939, A & B News, 17 Mar. 1939.

 

 
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