C20 Society calls for South London estate to be listed
The Twentieth Century Society is throwing its weight behind a campaign to list a 1960s housing estate in Brockwell Park, South London.
The late 60s and 70s low-rise, low-density Cressingham Gardens estate was designed by Edward Hollamby while heading the Lambeth Borough Architects Department.
But, according to the council, many of the properties are in a state of disrepair and last year it warned tenants that prolonged upkeep and maintenance was too expensive and that estate had been earmarked for regeneration.
The estate’s one to four storey homes include a mix of properties ranging from one-bed bungalows to six-person houses set along paved pedestrian walkways that meet in a central green space. Currently a number of the properties are boarded up and others have a range of issues including leaky roofs and severe cracking.
However, Twentieth Century Society senior conservation adviser Henrietta Billings urged English Heritage to list the estate: ‘The 1960s design - which is largely unaltered since it was built - responds to the landscape in a superbly subtle and sensitive way, and it gives residents a public realm that really works.
‘The estate needs refurbishment and maintenance, not wholesale redevelopment,” she added.
At the time of writing neither the Cressingham Residents’ Association nor Lambeth Council was available for comment but a search by AJ revealed no live planning applications for the site.
In Hollamby’s obituary in The Guardian, Jonathan Glancey described the architect as a ‘champion of modern low rise estates built responsive to topography and local conditions’.
Hollamby died aged 78 in 1999.