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Benson and Forsyth estate up for listing

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The Twentieth Century Society (C20) has recommended that a 1970s Camden council estate designed by Benson and Forsyth be put forward for listing.

The development, Maiden Lane estate, was designed by the pair while they were working for the London Borough of Camden's Architects' Department.

Benson and Forsyth, best known for the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, worked for the north London council's architecture department from 1976 to 1981, designing a number of modernist housing schemes.

The practice - along with Neave Brown, who also worked for the Camden department and has also had a building put forward by C20 - stood out from others of the period due to its sympathetic treatment of housing estates.

The C20 recommendation reads: '[Benson and Forsyth designed] a number of highly complex housing schemes that, instead of employing the typical 1950s model of high-rise, offered low-rise, dual-aspect accommodation.

'The elegance of these estates is not lost despite Maiden Lane never having had any maintenance - [C20] has put them forward.'

by Richard Vaughan

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