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Sunspan House

Sunspan houses were the first pre-fabricated houses to be built. First exhibited at Olympia in 1934 and designed by Wells Coates, the design is based on a plain square that stands at an angle to the road, allowing south facing light into two sides of the building. The design could be adapted and rooms divided internally, meaning that Sunspan house variants ran from one to five bedroomed houses and cottages. Built in the 1930s in Chadwell St Mary in Thurrock, other Sunspan houses were built at Coombe Estate, Hinchley Wood Estate, Southsea, Welwyn, West Kingston, Sussex and Inverness.     

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Sandy Lane, Chadwell St Mary, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 4LR (View on Map)
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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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