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Edward Mills, innovator in concrete, dies aged 82

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A post-war pioneer of concrete design, Edward Mills cbe, died in his sleep last week (23 January), aged 82.

Mills, who was trained at Regent Street Polytechnic and worked for Maxwell Fry and Walter Gropius in the 1930s, was most noted for his work on Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre. He celebrated 50 years of private practice with an exhibition at his Surrey home last year.

He was one of the first post-war architects to use concrete in an innovative way, said English Heritage. His shell concrete canteen building of 1944 is listed, and his box-frame Brett Manor flats, conceived with Ove Arup, have been recommended for listing.

Mills was also a writer, and published several influential books in the 1950s. A memorial service will be held at Upper Norwood Methodist Church on 12 February at 14.00.

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