Council saves Trellick Tower's 'Goldfinger's Babies'
Kensington and Chelsea Council has said it will not demolish any of the buildings surrounding Erno Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower in West London
The famous tower, which forms part of North Kensington’s Cheltenham Estate, is surrounded by some 100 houses and flats – also known as’Goldfinger’s babies’ – that had been the subject of a feasibility study to consider whether it would be cost effective to destroy and redevelop.
But the council has decided to leave them standing, despite demolishing part of the garage at the base of the tower and an old people’s home last year.
The move prompted local residents to commission architects Novarc Studio to create an alternative design for the area, as revealed by AJ in October
Cllr Emma Dent Coad, who backed the residents’ campaign, said: ‘We are delighted to have this reprieve; the residents fought a magnificent campaign and should be justly proud of themselves. However there is still a threat that the council might come back at a later date when the property market recovers.’
Residents’ proposals, also backed by the 20th Century Society, include a campaign for the listing of the estate around the iconic Trellick Tower - which is already Grade II* listed.