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De Havilland Building

De Havilland Building

The De Havilland Building is an early modern movement building in the international style.

It is a concrete frame building with a very thin single layer of reinforced concrete forming the building envelope. De Havilland House is a former ‘Metal Box’ factory.

Sir Owen Williams


Date or period

c. 1930s

Group Value





Individual ownerships/leases

Archaeological Significance

None known

The attribution to De Havilland, the aircraft company, has not been sourced, but may speak to the first flight of an English aircraft by an English pilot of A.V. Roe nearby.

The building has been attributed to the Architect/Engineer Owen Williams(1890 –1969).

Born in Tottenham, Williams engineered a number of buildings for the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1923, using experimental concrete construction methods including the Place of Arts and Palace of Industry, the 'twin towers' of the stadium ( now demolished) and the Empire Pool (now Wembley Arena).

Wlliams's work include the Daily Express Building in the Strand (Listed GradeII) , the bridges for the M1 motorway, and the Boots pharmaceutical factory in Beeston near Nottingham (Listed Grade I).Many of Williams' works were in association with architect Maxwell Ayrton, including Lee Valley Viaduct and Bridge (A406) in Enfield.

Future Conservation

Potential for national or local listing.

leabridge.org.uk December 2012