Cheshunt Junior Mixed and Infants school, Hertfordshire: the hall, 1949
Designer: Charles Herbert Aslin and Hertfordshire County Council Architects' Department
© RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Under slim trusses, children and their teachers set the tables of a modern dining hall designed by Charles Herbert Aslin and Hertfordshire County Council Architects' Department. In this black and white photograph, the animated colour scheme the designers incorporated must be imagined. The lightweight nature of the trusses, a response to steel shortages, adds to the airy and open feel of the hall.
Following the success of the Hertfordshire schools, architects fervently believed prefabrication was the only method to satisfy the massive demand for schools. Several construction systems throughout the 1950s and 1960s were used in a variety of public buildings. However, few were as successful as those designed and implemented in Hertfordshire.