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Firestone Tyre Factory
|Firestone Tyre Factory|
1963 view of the factory
|Town or city||Brentford|
|Design and construction|
|Architecture firm||Wallis, Gilbert and Partners|
The Firestone Tyre Factory on the Great West Road in Brentford in the London Borough of Hounslow was an example of Art Deco architecture. It was designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Built on a 26-acre site, it opened in October 1928 and was the second factory to open on the Great West Road, following Hudson-Essex Motors of Great Britain Limited which opened in 1927.
Demolition and controversy
After its purchase by Trafalgar House PLC, the building was demolished during the August 1980 bank holiday weekend, reportedly in anticipation of its becoming listed. The Twentieth Century Society call the structure their "first serious case" and say that its destruction "[...] focused public attention on the necessity for greater protection for 20th century buildings and led directly to the listing of 150 examples of inter-war architecture (including Battersea Power Station) by the government". The gates, piers and railings fencing the site received a Grade II listing in 2001.
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Central gates, gate piers and railngs to the former Firestone Factory. 1928 by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners.
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"Firestone Plans Cuts in Europe". The New York Times. 15 November 1979.
The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company Ltd, said today that it would discontinue operations at its Brentford, Middlesex, plant within the next three [...]
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"'Erotic gherkin' company has 'form'". The Daily Telegraph. London. 25 August 2000.
Trafalgar House used to own the Firestone Building on Western Avenue. Two days before the building was to be listed, it flattened that, too.
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- Globalnet.co.uk: Firestone Factory
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- Brentford and Chiswicklhs.org: Firestone Factory
- Disused-stations.org: Brentford
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