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Number 1 and Attached Wall and Railings, Tower Hamlets

Description: Number 1 and Attached Wall and Railings

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 September 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 206522

OS Grid Reference: TQ3405680967
OS Grid Coordinates: 534056, 180967
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5117, -0.0696

Location: Prescot Street, Poplar, Greater London E1 8DR

Locality: Tower Hamlets
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: E1 8DR

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added

TQ 3480
22/893 No 1 and attached wall and railings


Office block. C1932 by L G Ekins for the Co-operative Wholesale
Society. Built by the CWS Building Dept. Steel frame clad with
dark brown brick, with horizontal joints raked out; semi-basement
and entrances, concrete textured with felspar or granite,
chanelled to appear as stone. Green pantiled mansard roof with
2 rows of dormers. Rectangular block on corner site. 5 storeys,
2 attics and semi-basement. Main facade 13 bays plus later
addition of 7 slightly projecting bays to right. Segmental
arched arcading rises from ground floor through 4th floor with
splayed reveals of bricks set at angles to give dog tooth
pattern; arch heads also of this treatment. Bronzed and green
painted metal framed windows of 3 lights with green metal spandrel
panels of corrugated and bead design. Main entrance on centre of
13 bays; rectangular surround an extension of basement textured
cement. Recessed angular mouldings to opening with bronzed iron
geometric pattern screen; above, a bas relief rectangular plaque
depicting a nude male and female; cornice of corrugated design.
Entrance approached by steps flanked by cement balustrades with
bronzed iron railings of geometric pattern with bronzed octagonal
lanterns. 5th floor in lighter coloured brick with blue band;
continuous 3-light square headed recessed windows with brick
mullions and separated by elongated enriched brick
ornamentations. Blue and red brick corrugated parapet. Pantiled
roof with antefixae. Continuous rows of cream painted 3-light
dormers with corrugated lintels and separating panels; alternate
panels with angular cream rainwater heads and green painted pipes
forming a feature of the decoration. Left hand angle canted with
plainer entrance; brick work at angles forms openwork pattern;
angular 2-light oriel through 3 floors with green painted metal
zig-zag patterned spandrel panels. Returns similar to main
facade. Attached concrete wall with piers and bronzed iron
railings of geometric pattern. An unusual example in Britain of
the German Expressionist style. Ekins worked all his life for
the CWS, designing shops and warehouses all over Britain.

Listing NGR: TQ3405680967

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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