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The Concrete Times April 2015

The CONCRETE Times • APR 2015 7 Mixers, mixer wear parts and breakdown spares Batch plant components Specialist components for concrete product manufacturers Materials handling equipment and spare parts Call: 01773 860796 Email: sales@conspare.com Visit: www.conspare.com FEATURE The Barbican The Barbican This sprawling (and remarkably easy to get lost in) late Brutalist development houses the wonderful Barbican centre, the largest performing arts centre in Europe and home of the London Symphony Orchestra. The accompanying Barbican Estate gives you the impression of being in a Brutalist theme park. Though voted ‘the ugliest building in London’ in 2003 by some dullards, the tranquil waterside setting, complete with fountains and swaying reeds, renders it positively romantic. The soaring towers and vast concrete volumes are also nicely contrasted by the warmly-coloured tiled paving. A highly recommended 90 minute architectural tour is available. Trellick Tower Trellick House, designed by the wonderfully-named Erno Goldfinger (Ian Fleming appropriated his surname for the Bond villain, much to the architect’s chagrin), the equally loved and loathed Trellick Tower and has featured extensively in television, music promos and film as well as appearing on mugs, bookends and t-shirts. The approach via Westbourne Park tube can take you through the charmingly named Meanwhile Gardens; apart from being pleasantly verdant, the view from the gardens gradually reveals Trellick Tower in all its splendour.


The Concrete Times April 2015
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