Turner

Overview

Turner Character Area (view detailed map) is a mainly residential suburban Character Area with housing built in the Post-War Period [1946-1966] and in a style of architecture influenced by Modernism. A key characteristic of the Character Area are the large open grassed spaces in front of buildings and large building setbacks. It is an inward-looking area with very limited connectivity to surrounding areas and an impermeable western boundary. In spite of the wide spaces between buildings there is a reasonable/good sense of enclosure for a suburb derived from the building line, constant height of the buildings and the public/private boundaries. Buildings in the Character Area are mostly two-storey red or brown brick houses, both semi-detached and rows, with minimal decoration. Although the Character Area is mostly quiet with little vehicular or pedestrian traffic there is a small area of vitality around the row of shops at the east end of Turner Avenue.

The current townscape character of the Turner Character Area is dominated by development carried out over a relatively short period of time. All the roads and buildings in the Character Area were constructed as a continuous development between 1950 and 1970 and reflect the growing movement towards suburbanisation with development gradually moving further away from the centre of the city. The resulting increase in traffic volume was carried on main roads including dual carriageways such as Tritton Road which was built in the late 1960s. The plain facades with decorative details confined to doorways reflect the influence of the Modernist architectural style and a continued move away from the heavily detailed facades of the Victorian period.

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The row of shops is a curved three-storey landmark building with a shallow pitched gabled roof with deep eaves and brown pantiles. The row has a curving projection with a glass roof at first-floor level which provides cover along the shop fronts

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.20823, -0.57191)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: Outer suburbs
Predominant Period: Post-war (1946 to 1966 AD)
Secondary Period: Mixed
Average Building Type: Terraced
Average Building Density: Medium