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Festival of Britain, South Bank, London: topographical view of the exhibition buildings under construction, showing the Royal Festival Hall and the Shot Tower

RIBA Ref No RIBA22440
Architect/DesignerLondon County Council. Architects Department
Artist/PhotographerOppenheim, Albert
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1951
Image Date1950
StyleModern Movement
Library ReferenceSD158/1(3)
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectTowers ; Construction sites ; Cranes ; Exhibition buildings ; Riverside buildings ; Concert halls
NOTES: 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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