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Developer ordered to 'rebuild' razed Goldfinger building

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A developer who illegally knocked down part of a listed Erno Goldfinger-designed school in west London has been ordered to ‘exactly rebuild’ the bulldozed building.

Rajiv Laxman, the sole director of developer Abrus, was also slapped with an £11,000 bill in costs and fines after he flattened the former caretaker’s cottage at the Grade II-listed Brandlehow School in Putney.

Built in 1952, the school is one of only two completed by the Hungarian-born Modernist architect, best known for his Trellick Tower in Paddington.

The prosecution was brought by Wandsworth Borough Council, acting on reports from local residents early this year that – even though he had been refused listed building consent by both the authority and the planning inspector – Laxman had demolished most of the small, wing-roofed house with a mechanical digger.

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