Lasdun relents to Keeling House's 'yuppie future'
Sir Denys Lasdun has resigned himself to a 'yuppie' future for Keeling House, his 1959 council-housing scheme in Bethnal Green, after its 66 flats went on sale this week priced between £145,000 and £375,000.
Just a year ago, the building was set for demolition, but now architect Munkenbeck + Marshall has renovated it in a £4 million make-over. Property developer Lincoln Holdings is plugging its proximity to the City and trendy new bars and restaurants in nearby Hoxton. 'It's the same with Goldfinger's Trellick Tower [1972, Kensington]. It's become very popular with the yuppies, ' Lasdun said. 'I'm glad the building is being restored and they are doing a good job, but it was designed for the locals of Bethnal Green. They're no longer around so it's a different ball game.'
The innovative four-tower complex has been returned to its original external appearance by Munkenbeck + Marshall after standing empty since 1993, when residents were rehoused after safety fears. Munkenbeck + Marshall is close to competing work on the building which will return the precast concrete features to their original white.