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Goldfinger cottage re-build wins planning

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Stanway Little Associates has won planning permission to rebuild a listed Erno Goldfinger-designed bungalow which was illegally demolished in 2007

Built in 1952, the building was originally the caretaker’s cottage for Brandlehow Primary school – one of three schools in London designed by the legendary modernist architect famous for designing the Trellick tower in North Kensington.

Grade II listed in 1993, the single-storey Putney residence was sold by the council in 2001 to a developer who illegally demolished part of the building four years ago. The developer was forced to pay a £36,000 fine for breaching planning laws.

Last month Wandsworth Council approved a revised scheme by Stanway Little Associates to restore the building and extend the original structure. The practice was appointed to work on the project last year.

The scheme extends the cottage to create four maisonettes, increasing the floor area of development on the site from 102m² to 364m².

Peter Stanway of Stanway Little Associates explained: ‘English Heritage have been very tough with us but we’ve got a very interesting scheme out of it, it is quite rare to extend a listed building like this.

‘We’ve got conditional consents that we’ve got to comply with and we’ve got some details designed by Goldfinger in the 1950s that we’ve replicated.’

He added that changes in building regulations meant ‘major work’ under the existing roof line was needed to bring the structure’s thermal capacity up to standard.

Wandsworth Council planning chairman councillor Nick Cuff said: ‘People living near to Brandlehow will be delighted that a new permission is now in place to repair and restore this important building.

‘It means that four new homes will be provided on this site and mean that neighbours will no longer have to put up with an overgrown and unkempt eyesore that came about as a direct result of the unlawful works that occurred in 2007.

‘We have worked very closely with the developer to make sure that these plans are deliverable and that they ensure that proper repairs are carried out to restore this listed building and give it a new lease of life.’

In May last year up-and-coming practice The Mobile Studio invited the public to consider new uses for the building as part of an art exhibition in the local area.

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