The Bomb Damage Map of Holford Square and Percy Circus
The Colour Key to the L.C.C. Bomb Damage Map
Rebuilding on the Holford Square Site
The damage to some parts of Percy Circus was repairable, so it was decided to repair these sections and to rebuild the others on their old footprints. In this way the the shape of the old Circus would be retained, although the colours of the bricks were allowed to change in some cases.
Holford Square had been so badly destroyed that it was decided to level the site and rebuild completely.
This is a very early report on the way Holford Square was to be rebuilt. There were to be separate rectangular blocks all facing the sun and staggered, so that one did not block another. It would have been efficient enough, but dull.
The Holford Square Site , covers an area of about 3 acres and there will be 143 flats built round the area of the old square which is being retained as an open space. The flats will be equipped in a similar manner to the I3usaco Street Scheme. They will enjoy fine views to the west over the open space and the steeply sloping land beyond. There will also be a nursery school and other communal buildings. Tenders have been obtained and the building work should start shortly.
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Instead of this scheme a completely different solution was chosen
At the northern end of what was Holford Square one sees the backs of the old, original houses. Turn left and Bevin Court, in white and red, towers up. When it was built it must have dominated the area but the trees have grown so tall that the building is difficult to see and almost impossible to photograph.
A picture of the lower parts of two arms of the building.
The building is so large that entrance and security could have been a nightmare. Some architects would have put entrances at intervals along all three arms and perhaps at the centre too. Here the problem has been solved far more intelligently.
The Entrance to Bevin Court
There is only one entrance to this enormous building. This gives a built-in security but one would have expected a great danger of congestion at the entrance, but there seems to be little of this.
Inside the entrance doorway is a staircase which leads off to the there different arms of the building, at different levels. Thus there is no cause for congestion because people separate immediately into three streams.
Looking up into the geometrical central stairway, one can see the three separate walkways, leading to the three arms of the building.
The whole entrance hall is a model of elegant efficiency.