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Grade II listing for Goldfinger's Cheltenham Estate

Erno Goldfinger’s Cheltenham Estate in west London has been handed Grade II-listed status by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The 11 acre Cheltenham Estate, built between 1969-1973, features five terraces of houses, two six-storey blocks of flats and four acres of open space. The estate is most famous for the centrepiece Brutalist Trellick Tower which was granted Grade II* listed status back in 1998.

Veronica Fiorato, designation team leader at English Heritage, said: ‘English Heritage recommended the Cheltenham Estate for Grade II listing as it is highly accomplished in both design and execution and a good example of a mixed development housing scheme designed by Ernö Goldfinger, a major figure in post-war British architecture.’

She added: ‘The boldly expressed cross walls and horizontal concrete bands provide a strong and consistent aesthetic throughout and the houses and flats form an integral part of the original design and have a strong visual as well as social unity with Trellick Tower, listed Grade II*.’

Cheltenham Estate, North Kensington, London

Cheltenham Estate, North Kensington, London

Cheltenham Estate ‘follows the pattern of mixed development’ projected by the 1943 County of London Plan and favoured by the LCC in the ten years between 1955-65.  

The LCC appointed Erno Goldfinger to a list of approved architects for the council’s housing schemes in 1961, and commissioned him to design two housing estates – Edenham in Kensington, which became known as Cheltenham Estate, and Brownfield Estate in Poplar, east London, best known for the Grade II listed Balfron Tower, which Goldfinger drew on in his later design for Trellick Tower.

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