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Friday25 July 2014

Levitt Bernstein unveils plans for Trellick Tower site

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Local councillor says more engagement is needed to get project right

Levitt Bernstein has revealed its proposals for the site of the former Erno Goldfinger’s Edenham old people’s home at the base of the Trellick Tower.

The practice was commissioned by the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to develop three options for the site, following an interview process that also included John McAslan, BDP and Mae Architects.

The first option provides 33 new homes in a four-storey block of flats. Option two would include 64 new homes in blocks no higher than five-storeys while option three provides 100 new homes and a communal garden.

A second public consultation is currently taking place and feedback can be sent to the council until January 2, 2013.

Speaking about the first consultation councillor Emma Dent Coad said: “The level of local consultation has been derisory, with just 30-40 individuals responding out of a possible 800 adult residents on Cheltenham Estate, let alone others nearby. Out of this, the selected architects have divined some ways forward.”

She added: “Trellick Tower is a fantastic historical asset. We must treat it as an asset, not as a problem, and come up with something fascinating and exciting that will work with the environment.”

The site houses a temporary play space and coach car park and sits alongside a series of low-rise homes designed by Goldfinger as part of the wider Cheltenham Estate, which were listed at grade II earlier this year.

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  • "Where the invitation to feedback applies to [all residents], Brennan & Williams (2004) suggest a 60% response rate should be aimed for with responses below 30% being treated with caution"

    - John Brennan, Peter de Vries and Ruth Williams (eds.) "Standards and Quality in Higher Education"

    If the standard for higher education were applied to consulting residents about a new development, then the so-called "consultantant" process mentioned in this article would be worthless and unacceptable as a basis for any action whatever.

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