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Dawson House

Hob Uid: 1499032
Location :
Stockton-on-Tees
Billingham
Grid Ref : NZ4561323797
Summary : A fifteen-storey circular tower block of 60 one-bedroom flats and 29 two-bedroom flats, making 89 dwellings in total. The block was built as public housing at the western fringe of the Town Centre development that began in 1952. Approved in 1973, the block is of triangular concrete-beam construction. The architects were Elder Lester Associates.
More information : The block was built by Teeside County Borough Council. The Alternate Name is the name that was given to the contract. (1)

Stanley Miller Ltd.'s tender for the contract was £778,850. The tower block was opened on 3rd April 1975 by the Mayor of Stockton Borough Council, John Dyson. Three multi-storey blocks known as Kennedy Gardens (circa 1962) are an earlier public housing development at the opposing end of the development plan. Kennedy Gardens used an architectural firm that was a predecessor of Elder Lester Associates. (2)

The block is described as 'gimmicky circular tower block' in 'The Buildings of England: County Durham' by N. Pevsner. The Town Centre development as a whole began in 1952 with traffic diverted to perimeter roads. Three multi-storey blocks known as Kennedy Gardens (circa 1962) are an earlier public housing development at the opposing end of the development plan. Kennedy Gardens used an architectural firm that was a predecessor of Elder Lester Associates. (3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Tower block : modern public housing in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Source details : Gazetteer 1
Page(s) : 357
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Source Number : 2
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Personal archive of Dr Miles Glendinning held at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.
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Source Number : 3
Source : County Durham
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Late 20th Century
Display Date : Construction approved 1973
Monument End Date : 1975
Monument Start Date : 1973
Monument Type : Tower Block, Council Flats
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Late 20th Century
Display Date : Opened 1975
Monument End Date : 1975
Monument Start Date : 1975
Monument Type : Tower Block, Council Flats
Evidence : Extant Building

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NZ 42 SE 116
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1497794
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, TOWER BLOCK DATABASE PILOT PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2009-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31