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Thursday24 July 2014

Erno Goldfinger's Cheltenham Estate listed

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Housing surrounding Trellick Tower includes terraces, flats and maisonettes

Architecture minister Ed Vaizey has listed Erno Goldfinger’s Cheltenham Estate in west London at grade II.

The 4.5ha estate, surrounding the Trellick Tower in north Kensington, comprises terraced houses, flats and maisonettes and dates from 1969-73.

English Heritage recommended it for protection as a late exemplar of a Goldfinger housing scheme and because of its strong visual and social unity with the Trellick Tower which was awarded grade II* protection in 1998.

English Heritage described it as “among Goldfinger’s finest works”.

“The estate as whole is the best-crafted example of a mixed development scheme of any date, exhibiting the rigorous attention to detail that is a hallmark of Goldfinger’s best work,” said the list entry.

It praised its “boldly expressed cross walls and horizontal concrete bands providing a strong and consistent aesthetic throughout” and its “immaculately detailed bush-hammered concrete and high-quality brickwork”.

Catherine Croft, director of the Twentieth Century Society, put the estate forward for listing following rumours of demolition.

“It’s great to see more subtle appreciation of this type of estate, the listing of not just the most flamboyant and visually impressive part of the estate, but also of the “background architecture” which provided a variety of well designed housing types for a range of family groups,” she said.

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Readers' comments (7)

  • Why doesn't Ed Vaizey also list the nearby Robin Hood Gardens?

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  • That estate is appalling. There simply is no reason for that mess to be kept. This makes a complete mockery of the listing system.

    Presumably that's the intent: to completely discredit listing in the public's eyes to reduce opposition to scrapping the whole thing altogether.

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  • Amazing- the grossly overrated Goldfinger gets listing and Robin Hood Gardens gets bulldozed. Shurely shome mishtake?

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  • What a brilliant result for residents, who put it forward for listing after the Council threatened to demolish it in 2008. The 100 households in Edenham Way are mainly tenants, with a smattering of original Right to Buy, maybe one or two have been sold on but the vast majority are social tenants who love their estate and appreciate the thought and care Goldfinger put into designing their flats and houses. Many of them were decanted there from neighbouring 'slums' and have seen grandchildren grow up there; it's a proper neighbourhood.

    While listing is a mixed blessing of course, it will at least protect it from the avarice of the Council and ensure a respectful and appropriate development is agreed upon for the site of the demolished old people's home in front of Trellick Tower.

    It needs proper maintenance and repair; let's hope it will get it now, particularly the appalling road surface.

    Emma Dent Coad

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  • robert hodges

    Well put Emma.
    (Kieran, i think you are confusing your Cheltenham/Trellick and your Brownfield/Balfron).

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  • God help the leaseholders : they'll have to answer to the bloody "Corduroy Mafia" now!!!! They'll need listed consent to fart from now on??

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  • We are overjoyed that we have finally been given the same status as our very famous tower block.

    Edenham Way Redsident

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