Snape (2)

I am interested in this issue as to who the Concert Hall at Snape should be credited to. The answer probably is to Arup Associates, which was a multidisciplinary practice. Derek Sugden’s Guardian obituary certainly gives him the credit, describing how his family and the Arups attended the Aldeburgh Festival in its early days and how Stephen Reiss, the administrator of the Festival, asked Arup, then in Sydney, to survey the Maltings as a possible concert hall. And Arup, in turn, asked Sugden to undertake the work, which he did with skill and enthusiasm for £127,000 (that’s the cost of the project as a whole). No mention of Dowson. But then Dowson’s obituaries, as I thought, credits the work to him. A double act, perhaps.

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