Basic Site Details

Name: London County Council Housing, Lawson Street
Town, district or village: Southwark
City or county: London
Country: England
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Notes: The chosen scheme was intended to tackle London's housing problem, and designed with modernist notions of design and planning in mind. The scheme was composed of 36 flats in one ten storey block, 167 flats and 84 maisonettes in nine blocks ranging from three to six storeys in height, a church, a nursery school, two public houses, a block of five shops, a clubroom, two laundries, three garages, a transformer station, a children's playground, 92 tenants' storage sheds, and 31 tenants' stores within the blocks.

The ten storey block was mounted on pilotis, allowing views through the estate and intended to somewhat counteract the denely developed site.

The area was to have a density of 136 persons, equating to 38 dwellings, per acre. The total cost was estimated at 644,900, or 658 per room.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1LCC Housing, Lawson Street  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Housing scheme  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Lawson Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 14 January 1952 Build/constructionJournal reference


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 2(Sir) John Burnet, Tait, & PartnersArchitectural practice   Under general direction of LCC's Director of Housing and Valuer
Item 2 of 2London County Council Housing Commitee    Sir John Burnet, Tait & Partners as architects


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1LCC Housing Commitee 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder4 January 1952  p9-11