We are studying the urban design of the estate and we are focusing our research in environmental and social sustainability.
In relation to environmental sustainability we will analyze thermal, ventilation, humidity and luminance data in some apartments as well as in the open spaces.
In terms of social sustainability we want to study the open spaces and how they work for the community. We are trying to find the relationship between urban form and social interaction. Golden Lane Estate was designed in order to create an active community through its open spaces, however we are not sure if they work as they were supposed to. We will try to understand if this is true and in that case if it is due to the design, climate comfort, privacy of the spaces,..
Of course we will let you know our conclusions, although it may take some time to us to study all this.
Paul Lincoln said:Hi
Could you explain in more detail the nature of the research project?
Are you willing to share the results with rwsidents?
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I moved into Basterfield House when the estate was only partly completed in 1958. At the time Hatfield and Bowater houses were incomplete. The area where the day centre on the ground leading up to the City Day college was bomb rubble and was later cleared and levelled as a car park and where mounted policemen occasionally exercised their horses. The flats I can remember being completed were Great Arthur, Stanley Cohen, Cresecent and I think Bayer house. The swimming pool, Tennis courts and badminton court had yet to be built. The area where the Barbican now stands was bomb ruins all the way to St Pauls Cathedral. To the best of my memory Golden Lane was built by the corporation of London to house keyworkers in the City. My father was a technical clerk for the old state electricity generating board based at Paternoster Square round the back of St Pauls hence he qualified as a key worker. Our neighbours were the Owen family to one side. Mr Owen was a minister at a church in cheapside. He had a wife who was a friend of my mums and two sons Simon and John. Our neighbours the otherside were Mr and Mrs Moss. Mr Moss was a city policeman along with another of my dads friends Ken Graffam. I used to play with his eldest daughter Carol and Later his son Andrew. My family moved to Sittingbourne in Kent in 1965 but I know they deeply regretted leaving Golden Lane. My family were among the first people to be allocated flats in Golden Lane in the 1950's. I still have fond memories of the Youth Club opposite the Tennis Courts and Christmas parties in the community centre. I left the south-east in 1983 and now my parents have passed on I sometimes wander around golden lane when I'm in London (I now live in Wareham) wondering what happened to all my families friends and where they all are now. Golden Lane was a wonderful open and sociable community in the 1950's and 60's and I was so sad to see all the gates and security installations in. A sad indictment of our times. In my time I think the estate manager was Mr Pierce. The only two members of estate staff I can remember are Mr Jones 'jonesy' and Mr Beattie, I think his name was Bert who I believe lost a part of his finger in an accident in the boiler room.