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© Mrs Angela Clark LRPS

IoE Number: 461758
Location: LABWORTH CAFE, WESTERN ESPLANADE
  CANVEY ISLAND, CASTLE POINT, ESSEX
Photographer: Mrs Angela Clark LRPS
Date Photographed: 24 August 2004
Date listed: 16 April 1996
Date of last amendment: 16 April 1996
Grade II

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TQ88SW CANVEY ISLAND WESTERN ESPLANADE Labworth Cafe 1658-/4/10002 II Cafe with integral shelters. Built by Ove Arup, Christiani and Nielsen 1932-33. Functional International Moderne style. Built of reinforced concrete with flat roof. Circular drum of cafe on first floor level supported on piles (now concealed by rise in land level) with two arms extending from this enclosing shelters with steel piers on the seaward side. Hardwood windows extend the full diameter of the circle with some top opening lights. Entrance by doorcase in splayed bay facing sea supported on 4 metal columns. Staircase to cafe which has circular columns supporting ring beam and original shallow cone-shaped light fittings. Doors lead on to roofs of shelters which originally had thin steel columns supporting canopies. A pioneering building of the Modern Movement which predates the Gorilla House at London Zoo by Lubetkin and Tecton's Penguin House, and one of the only architectural designs by Ove Arup.

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