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Downstream Piazza with Homes and Gardens Pavilion on the right, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London: view looking back towards the Shot Tower from the balcony of the Telekinema

RIBA Ref No RIBA19338
Architect/DesignerKatz, Bronek (1912-1960)
Shepheard, Sir Peter Faulkner (1913-2002)
Vaughan, Reginald (1906-)
Artist/PhotographerPitt, Peter
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1951
Image Date1951
Library ReferenceAP829/81
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditArchitectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections
SubjectExhibitions ; Towers ; Exhibition buildings ; Hard landscaping
NOTES: Katz & Vaughan designed the Homes and Gardens Pavilion while Peter Shepheard was responsible for the landscaping of the piazza. The Shot Tower, designed by David Riddal Roper, was built for Thomas Maltby & Company in 1826 and remained in use for the production of lead shot balls until 1949, after which it was incorporated into the scheme for the 1951 Festival of Britain on the South Bank of the River Thames. In 1950 the top of the tower was removed and a steel-framed superstructure was added instead, providing a radio beacon for the duration of the Festival. It was demolished after the Festival to make way for the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which opened in 1967.

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