Michael Neylan and William Ungless
Harlow New Town
Known locally as ‘the Kasbah’, the staggered set of 256 dwellings at Bishopsfield, just south of Harlow New Town, is based on the winning design submitted to an open competition held in 1961. The brief by Harlow Development Corporation sought to give architects “a freer hand to solve the old problems in new way”. The first prize went to Michael Neylan, a 24 year old graduate working for Chamberlin Powell and Bon, who quickly recruited William Ungless as his partner—the firm went on to have a great success in social housing, notably in Southwark. The Bishopfield Estate won a Civic Trust Award in 1968 and Housing Design Award in 1969. Widely published in the architectural press, Bishopsfield’s plans informed generations of architects, planners and students in Britain and overseas.