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Frinton Park Estate

Frinton Park Estate is the largest group of individually designed Modernist houses in the country, despite many of the planned houses never being built. The original show home for the development was the circular Round House, which includes a mosaic map of the estate built into the floor.

Architect Oliver Hill (who also built the Midland Hotel in Morecambe) was in charge of the development, and he enlisted the help of 19 architects connected to the MARS (Modern Architectural Research) group. The estate was originally intended to cover 200 acres, with 40 acres between the railway line and the cliffs on the coast designated for modern houses, and 1,000 properties on the estate.

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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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