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Description: Segas Offices
Date Listed: 23 July 1992
English Heritage Building ID: 201301
OS Grid Reference: TQ3253565452
OS Grid Coordinates: 532535, 165452
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3727, -0.0973
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TQ3265 PARK LANE
1005-/9/10002 No 32
Gas company showroom and office. Built 1939-41 by William Newton (youngest son of Ernest Newton)L-shaped Moderne style building. Ground floor built of a reconstituted stone called "Empire stone" which has the appearance of oolitic limestone and upper floors notable for the rare use of permanent shuttering shockcrete slabs used as covering material on the upper floors. 5 storeys, 6 windows to Park Lane, 5 storeys, 9 windows to Katherine Street. Bronze casement windows. Park Lane elevation has end bays projecting in 4-storey curved bays with triple windows and bronze balcony above. 5th floor set back with 3 end casements behind end bays and continous bronze window set behind flat canopy with glazed roof lights supported on 6 concrete pillars. Horizontal, grooved decoration above 4th floor and end bays have a plaque with the date 1940 and the letters C G C for Croydon Gas and Coke Company. Centre has 5 5-light bronze casements with horizontal glazing bars. Ground floor has 2 round-headed windows with scrolled keystone and 4 original gas showroom windows stretching the whole width of the 5 central bays with flat canopy above and central marble door surround (now disused). Katherine Street elevation has set-back 5th floor with 5 casement windows ad plaques either end. Similar horizontal, grooved parapet above 4th storey and 9 bronze, horizontally-banded, pivoting casements. Ground floor has 8 roundheaded casements with wedge-shaped keystones and identical central opening with door-case with round-headed fanlight, moulded architrave, cornice and 6-panelled door. Right-hand elevation is blank apart from a full-height staircase window. Rear has similar windows including tall staircase window. Interior contains semicircular, ceramic panel in former entrance hall depicting shells, lotus flowers and vegetation current in the Carboniferous Period. Resited bronze plaque commemorating the Company's war dead. Oak doors throughout and walnut panelling and black marble bolection fireplace to Board Room. This building was part of a planned group of civic buildings around the Town Hall whose erection was curtailed by the Second World War. Twentieth Century gas office headquaters are rare as the companies had mainly built offices in the C19.
[see The Builder 21 January 1949, Architecture Illustrated May 1941,Architects' Journal 14 January 1943, The Builder 10 January 1947]
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