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18 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Bata Estate

The homeowners of 18 Queen Elizabeth Avenue invited visitors for a tour of the outside of their property, showing the original features of the 1930’s modernist estate, as part of ESSEX Architecture Weekend. The Bata Estate was developed in East Tilbury, to house workers of the Bata Shoe factory, located on the same site. With building beginning in 1932, the estate predates many of Britain’s modernist gems building ‘flat-tops’ in a chequerboard pattern, architects Frantisek Lydie Gahura and Vladimir Karfik allowing space around each property for the comfort of each resident.

Tours took place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm.


18 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, East Tilbury, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 8SP
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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