Frederick Gibberd

Frederick Gibberd

Sir Frederick Ernest Gibberd (7 January 1908 - 9 January 1984) was an English architect and landscape designer.

Gibberd was born in Coventry, the eldest of the five children of a local tailor, and was educated at the city's King Henry VIII School. In 1925 he was articled to a firm of architects in Birmingham and studied architecture under William Bidlake at the Birmingham School of Art, where his room-mate was F. R. S. Yorke. [cite encyclopedia|last=Richards|first=J. M.|coauthors=Cox, Alan|encyclopedia=Oxford Dictionary of National Biography|title=Gibberd, Sir Frederick Ernest (1908–1984)|url=|accessdate=2008-05-22|edition=Online Edition|year=2004|publisher=Oxford University Press|location=Oxford]

A good friend of Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, Gibberd's work was influenced by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and F.R.S. Yorke. He set up in practice in 1930, designing [ Pullman Court] , Streatham Hill, London (1934–6), a low-cost housing development which launched his career. With the success of this scheme, Gibberd became established as the 'flat' architect and went on to build several other schemes including [ Park Court] , Sydenham, London (1936) and [ Ellington Court] , Southgate, London (1936) continuing to practice until the outbreak of the Second World War.

Gibberd and Yorke collaborated on a number of publications including the influential book 'The Modern Flat' which was published in 1937 and featured the then newly completed Pullman Court and Park Court, as well as many other European examples.

He was consultant architect planner for the Harlow development and spent the rest of his life living in the town he had designed.

In 1953 he published "Town Design," a book on the forms, processes, and history of the subject.

Notable buildings

*Harlow New Town
*Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool
*London Central Mosque

A list of buildings by Frederick Gibberd:
* 1933-1936, Pullman Court, Streatham, London
* 1936, [ Park Court] , Sydenham, London
* 1937-1939, Macclesfield Nurses Home, Cheshire, England
* 1945-1949, Somerfield Estate, Hackney, London
* 1946-1963, Nuneaton Town Centre, Warwickshire, England
* 1949-1951, Lansbury Market, Poplar, London
* 1950-1969, Terminal Buildings, Heathrow Airport, near London
* 1952, Market Square, Harlow, Essex, England
* 1953-1961, Ulster Hospital, Belfast
* 1956, Bath Technical College, Somerset, England
* 1956-1968, Civic Centre, Saint Albans, Hertfordshire, England
* 1958, Derwent Reservoir, Durham and Northumberland, England
* 1958, The Beckers, Rectory Road, Hackney, London
* 1959-1969, Civic Centre, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
* 1960-1966, Priory Square, Birmingham, England
* 1960-1967, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Liverpool, England
* 1962-1966, Douai Abbey, Berkshire, England
* 1964, Saint George's Chapel, Heathrow Airport, near London
* 1964-1968, Didcot Power Station, Berkshire, England
* 1965 1974, Edmonton Green, Edmonton, London
* 1966-1975, Arundel Great Court, The Strand
* 1968-1975, Inter-Continental Hotel, Hyde Park Corner; London
* 1970-1977, London Central Mosque

External links

* [ Frederick Gibberd bio]
* [ Park Court Sydenham]


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