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Art Exhibition, Tue 6 Feb 2018

Charles Holland

Charles Holland


A House For Essex was a creative collaboration between Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture. In this lecture FAT’s Charles Holland will tell the story of the architecture of A House For Essex via a journey across the county, from its industrial London fringe to its agricultural north. Along the way the talk will take in inter-war plotland communities, post war new towns, 1960s university buildings and late twentieth century suburbia, showing how the design of the house reflects its surroundings as well as a number of other architectural influences.

FAT (1994 – 2013) was a cross-disciplinary architecture, art and design practice. Formed originally as a loose collective of architects, artists, film makers and designers, the practice was known for its provocative and playful approach and a desire to expand the definitions of each discipline. FAT went on to design a number of the most influential buildings of the era including the Islington Square housing estate in Manchester, the Hoogvliet civic centre in Holland and the Blue House in Hackney. Their work has been published and exhibited worldwide and has won numerous awards.

FAT was run by three directors: Sean Griffiths, Charles Holland and Sam Jacob. In 2013, they decided to close the practice stating that it had achieved all that it had set out to do. Hugh Pearman, architecture critic for the Sunday Times, described FAT as having “changed the architectural weather”. Each of the practice’s director’s have since gone on to run their own solo practices. A House for Essex was the practice’s final project. It was run by FAT Director Charles Holland, who continued to oversee the project until its completion in 2015. Following this, Charles set up Charles Holland Architects and is also Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton.

Grayson Perry The Life of Julie Cope

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Dates Times
Tue 6 Feb 2018





1206 713 700


Lewis Gardens,
High Street,



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Map reference: TL 999252  Lat: 51.88968 Long: 0.90477

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Follow signs to the Town Centre.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Colchester Town station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
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  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

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    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
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  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
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    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
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