Townsend, Geoffrey Paulson

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Townsend, Geoffrey Paulson (1911–2002). English architect and developer. In 1945 he set up a practice with Eric Lyons formed specifically to design and build speculative housing: it was called Span Ltd., and the quality of its work was recognized as greatly superior to most other commercial developments. Townsend abandoned his professional affiliations to act as Lyons's developer. Span's schemes included Parkleys (1952), the Priory, Blackheath (1953–6), and other quality housing around London, the South East, Oxford, and Cambridge. All in all it was responsible for more than 2,000 flats and houses.


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