Facade of Trellick Tower, Cheltenham Estate: 1997
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Facade of Trellick Tower, Cheltenham Estate. The 31-storey Trellick Tower, which was commissioned by the Greater London Council in 1966, created 217 flats in 1972. Modernist Erno Goldfinger was influenced by the ideas of the architect Le Corbusier. The design of Trellick Tower in Kensal Town, the tallest council housing block in London, was similar to Goldfinger's earlier design of Balfron Tower in Poplar. Both had the separate lift shafts and walkways. The Trellick Tower developed a reputation for antisocial behaviour and crime and, in 1984, a resident's association was formed. Many former tenants were by then owners, thanks to the government's 'right to buy' policy. Measures including improved security eventually made the Tower highly desirable accommodation. It was awarded a Grade II listing in 1998.
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