Erno Goldfinger's Cheltenham Estate listed
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.