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Trellick Tower on the Cheltenham Estate: 20th century

Mike Seaborne

Trellick Tower on the Cheltenham Estate: 20th century
3 0 c m
actual image size: 28cm x 22cm

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Trellick Tower on the Cheltenham Estate. The 31-storey Trellick Tower, 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 in Kensal Town, the tallest council housing block in London, was similar to Goldfinger's earlier design of Balfron Tower in Poplar. Both had separate lift shaft and walkways. Trellick 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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1999 AD - 1999 AD
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