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Lubetkin's Hallfield Estate lands Grade II listing

Architecture minister John Penrose has listed Berthold Lubetkin’s 1950s Hallfield Estate in Paddington, west London at grade II

Inspired by Le Corbusier’s ‘Radiant City’ and hailed as a ‘seminal post-war housing estate’ by English Heritage, the Modernist development features 14 blocks spread across a 7ha site.

Design work on the scheme, which started in 1947, was supervised by Lindsay Drake and Denys Lasdun.

Penrose said: ‘These blocks show real flair and beauty, and all the more so considering the post-war era in which they were conceived.  Sixty years on, they have become a distinctive part of the London landscape, still looking good and remaining popular with residents and visitors alike. 

‘Listing does not mean the estate must now stand unchanged for all time, but it does mean that any future redevelopment plans will have to take the estate’s heritage value into account before final decisions are taken.  This seems right and reasonable to me.’

A delighted Hannah Parham, the English Heritage designation advisor said: ‘The estate presents a convincing riposte to criticism that post-war council housing is grey, drab and utilitarian. At Hallfield, the exteriors of each block are treated like works of abstract art - some are patterned with a chequerboard of blue and red brickwork; others have a zigzagging screen of white concrete panels.’ 

She added: ‘The estate now exists amongst an elite group of 16 listed post war housing estates estate in London – estates that are successful as places to live and are cared for by their residents.  Listing recognises special architectural and historic interest; it does not preclude appropriate change or adaptation.’

Construction of Hallfield was split into two phases during 1951-55 and 1955-58.

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