Southend Roof
Part of:
  • Cedric Price (architect)
  • Frank Newby (consulting engineer)
  • Cedric Price (archive creator)

Southend Roof



Level of archival description:
File 85
Extent and medium:
  • 18 reprographic copies
    13 drawings
    1 model
    0.05 l.m. of textual records
    0.01 l.m. of photographic materials
Scope and content:
File documents an unexecuted design for a suspended inflatable roof over the pedestrian area of High Street in Southend-on-Sea, England, for client David Keddie. Cedric Price and Frank Newby designed a roof system that could respond to adverse weather conditions. The final proposal consists of three inflatable reinforced tubes suspended at intervals from metal posts. The tubes can be staggered irregularly to accommodate variations in the cornice heights and canopies of adjacent buildings. Conceptual sketches show preliminary sections for alternate designs for the roof, and presentation drawings show alternate designs for the roof layout. Other drawings include site plan, street layout plans, and details, including one showing a tensioned pneumatic membrane and connection details to post. Many conceptual sketches and drawings are also included within the textual records. Some material in this file was published in "Southend Roof", 'Architectural Design', October 1972, 596-597, and 'Techniques et Architecture', May-June 1975. Material in this file was produced between 1971 and 1975.

File contains conceptual drawings, design development drawings, model, photographic materials, presentation drawings, and textual records.
Reference number:


Materials in this series were kept in the original order in which they were received.

Southend-on-Sea England United Kingdom

Language of material:
  • Documents are in English and French.
Related units of description:
  • File DR2004:1234 in this project series contains materials that relate to project series AP144.S2.D114, Trafalgar and project series AP144.S2.D129, Snake.

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