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Self-built 60s timber-framed house and Gilbert Scott gem listed

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A timber-framed 1960s South London house designed and built by a husband and wife partnership has been granted heritage protection

Ann and John Kay’s 36 Crecent Grove in Clapham was awarded Grade II listed status.

The couple, both architects, worked on the scheme with timber construction expert Pat Tindale, a former Whitehall colleague of John’s.

Historic England said the home ‘references the architectural techniques and innovation being developed by John Kay and Pat Tinsdale in the 1960s at the Ministries of Education and of Housing and Local Government’.

The body added that the ‘rare and innovative use of a timber-frame in post-war London’ and the ‘plan that intimately reflects the need of the architects’ family’ were other reasons behind the listing.

Twentieth Century Society senior conservation adviser Tess Pinto added: ‘Much of the in-built wooden furniture was custom-made by John Kay, who was also an expert in natural and artificial light, and who designed the house’s bespoke electric light system.

‘Unusually for the time, the Kays eschewed an open-plan layout, preferring compartmentalised rooms for individual family members. Today it stands just as it did when completed – a virtually unaltered 1960s modern house.’

Also in London, 65 and 65a Basinghall Street, designed by Richard Gilbert Scott and completed in 1969, has been granted Grade II protection.

The former exhibition hall, magistrates’ court and offices, now converted to offices, was the first of Scott’s extensions to the Guildhall in the City of London.

Historic England said the building was significant ‘as the first part of the architect’s most significant secular commission, distinctively expressing his personal style and establishing his creative, Modern, response to the medieval Gothic of this important site’.

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