Architect opens his 1970s house in Woughton; and other events for Heritage Open Days

You will get the chance to visit a house in Woughton on the Green designed by the modernist architect John Winter, during Heritage Open Days 2017.

Lucas Place, consisting of three angled terraces of flat-roofed housing was completed in 1975 for the Orbit Housing Association.  Orbit still runs and manages many of those houses. The terraced houses integrated two-storey and single-storey dwellings beneath roof terraces. The original windows have been changed, but the overall continuity of the scheme is intact.

Lucas Place, Woughton on the Green

Architect Robert Grindley, who will open his house at 1 Lucas Place says: “John Winter’s houses helped to set an example for later schemes in Milton Keynes”.

John Winter (1930-2012) worked with Charles Eames and Erno Goldfinger before setting up his own practice, John Winter & Associates. He was known for his thoughtful, practical one-off houses. He also wrote for the Property Clinic column in the Daily Telegraph.

You can visit 1 Lucas Place on Saturday 9 September, with tours starting on the hour every hour from 11am to 4pm. You must pre-book your tour.

As well as the open house, you will be able to see an exhibition of developments and changes in Woughton between 1967 and 1917, run by Woughton Heritage in nearby St Mary’s Church.

In Milton Keynes, local architectural expert Tim Skelton will lead So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright: a walk around Downhead Park on Saturday 9 September at 2pm (pre-booking preferred). The American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was a huge influence on the development of Milton Keynes – but how did his vision translate to the British new town?

You can search for architecture-related events across the UK on the national Heritage Open Days website and then by clicking on ‘More search options’ and ticking ‘RIBA – love architecture event’./ends

Notes to editors:

  1. Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the UK, managed by the National Trust. Since its launch in 1994, Heritage Open Days has grown into the nation’s most popular heritage festival. Around 5,000 events attract around 3 million visitors over four days each September.
  2. The RIBA and the National Trust launched the partnership between the RIBA and Heritage Open Days, called ‘Love Architecture’, in 2015. You can search for Love Architecture events across the UK on the national Heritage Open Days website by ticking the ‘RIBA – love architecture event’ option.
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