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K6 Telephone kiosk on the Quayside pedestrian area, Cambridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Market, Cambridgeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2097 / 52°12'34"N

Longitude: 0.1169 / 0°7'0"E

OS Eastings: 544738

OS Northings: 258943

OS Grid: TL447589

Mapcode National: GBR L79.DDB

Mapcode Global: VHHK2.ZQ5D

Entry Name: K6 Telephone kiosk on the Quayside pedestrian area, Cambridge

Listing Date: 28 February 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1416702

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Cambridge

Electoral Ward/Division: Market

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Cambridge

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Cambridge St Clement

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Summary

K6 telephone kiosk

Description

The K6 is a standardised design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott made of cast iron, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in sides.

EXTERIOR: Horizontal and vertical glazing bars divide each glazed side into eight panes with flanking narrow margin lights. The Soane-inspired domed roof adorns the arched heads of each side, with a crown in relief above glazed panels inscribed with the word 'TELEPHONE'.

INTERIOR: Pursuant to s.1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 it is declared that the modern telecommunications equipment within the K6 is not of special architectural or historic interest.

History

The K6 telephone kiosk is a milestone of C20 industrial design. The K6 was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 for the General Post Office, on the occasion of King George V's Silver Jubilee. The K6 was a development from his earlier highly successful K2 telephone kiosk design of 1924, of Neo-classical inspiration. The K6 was more streamlined aesthetically, more compact and more cost-effective to mass produce. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) was one of the most important of modern British architects; his many celebrated commissions include the Anglican cathedral of Liverpool and Battersea power station. The K2 and K6 telephone kiosks can be said to represent a very thoughtful adaptation of architectural tradition to contemporary technological requirements. Well over 70,000 K6s were eventually produced. In the 1960s many were replaced with far plainer kiosk types. But many still remain, and continue to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.

The K6 telephone kiosk at Cambridge has a strong visual link with a number of Grade II listed buildings, including Magdalene Bridge, no. 31 Magdalene Street and the Pickerel Inn.

Reasons for Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk at the Quayside, Cambridge is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Architectural interest: an iconic example of industrial design, showing Giles Gilbert Scott's adaptation of Neoclassical forms for a modern technological function;
* Group value: it has a strong visual relationship with a number of nearby listed buildings, including Magdalene Bridge and Magdalene College Bright's Building.

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