Robert James Hugh Minty
known as Hugh Minty
was admitted ARIBA in 1922 and FRIBA in 1929 and practised in London. In St John’s Wood he designed 81 Avenue Rd and Bentinck Close on Prince Albert Road.
Architectural Review wrote Bentinck Close is planned round three sides of a courtyard overlooking Regents Park, the fourth side being open to admit the southerly light. It contains 35 flats of various accommodation and a porter’s flat. All the flats are served by a separate trades staircase giving direct access to the kitchen.
Living rooms were provided with coal fires, the remainder of the flat had central heating and electric fires. There were aerials for broadcast reception and television, an internal telephone service between each flat, the porter and garage. It was all very up-to-date, with a garage in the basement with undercover access to flats, and in the basement an air raid shelter with room for all the tenants.
It is equipped with the latest system of gas filtration and ventilation plant, which is operated in the first place by a diesel engine, and in the event of its breakdown, by pedal cycles. Water is provided independent of the ordinary supply. There was adequate provision for male and female lavatory accommodation, bunks for sleeping and emergency food and medical supplies for up to four or five days.