Saturday 9 Sept 2017 | 10.30am – 12.30pm
John Madin’s housing schemes in Edgbaston
Five Ways Railway Station, Islington Row, Middleway, ending at the White Swan, Harbourne Road
Less well-known but no less interesting than John Madin’s Central Library- which was demolished in 2016.- Madin’s housing schemes for Lord Calthorpe, the owner of the 1600-acre family estate in Edgbaston a few miles west of the city centre. Madin was invited in 1957 to draw up a Master Plan for the development of the estate and to become its Chief Architect. Over the following two decades Madin grasped this rare opportunity to design and built many large housing schemes utilizing the rambling gardens of redundant Victorian villas. He was thus able to raise the overall housing density of the estate in line with the rest of the city in such a subtle way that the change was hardly noticed
A 3-mile walking tour of John Madin’s housing schemes for The Calthorpe Estate, led by Alan Clawley, author of the book about John Madin (2011) (see attached map for route). The tour will take in Estria Road, Cala Drive, Warwick Crest, Westbourne Gardens, Fairlawn, Beechcroft, Chadbrook Crest, Western Heart, Heaton Drive, Clare Drive, Grenfell Drive and St Chads Road, finishing at the White Swan at lunchtime.
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