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Description: Brent Town Hall
Date Listed: 24 September 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 198800
OS Grid Reference: TQ1972886684
OS Grid Coordinates: 519728, 186684
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5663, -0.2740
The following building shall be added:-
TQ 18 NE FORTY LANE
1/12 Brent Town Hall
Municipal offices, library and assembly hall. Built 1935-40 as
Wembley Town Hall by Clifford Strange. Brick - clad steel frame;
flat roof. Multi-function and sloping site expressed in T-
shaped plan set around central entrance hall with council chamber
above and assembly hall to rear, and library to left. Severe
Scandinavian style 3-storey front. Tall central staircase tower,
slightly recessed behind flanking wings, has tall window set
above entrance with flat canopy and steps; 15-bay wing to right
has upper windows set in tall recessed bays above continuous
ground-floor windows with glazed tile piers to drip mould; bay
of some height to left of tower, with similar ground-floor
fenestration and large first-floor window; lower 2-storey, 4-bay
range to left has similar ground-floor fenestration and tall
first-floor windows. Other elevations are similar, with stepped
blocks making use of sloping site: entrance with canopy to
library on left; assembly hall to rear has continuous strip of
low-level fenestration. Interior: marble walls and floors to
entrance hall and foyer with Art Deco railings to staircase.
Council Suite has 3 committee rooms separated by sliding
partitions. Panelled dado to assembly hall. Circular light
walls to library. Recommended as a town hall in the Scandinavian
style which is an example of simple but effective 1930s municipal,
planning, the interiors making much use of borrowed light and
internal glazing. Pevsner called Wembley "the best of the modern
town halls around London, neither fanciful nor drab".
(Buildings of England: Middlesex, p,170; Architectural Review,
January 1940, pp. 7-16).
Listing NGR: TQ1972886684
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Source: English Heritage
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