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Hawkins\Brown’s Alton Estate demolitions criticised as ‘heartbreakingly short-sighted’

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I wonder why Allbrook House was excluded from listing, if it's an integral part of this landmark modernist architectural ensemble? With the best will in the world, can Hawkins\Brown really do justice to the Alton Estate if they're employed by the council's developer partner, Redrow? The fate of this pioneering community at Roehampton is surely too important to be left to the discretion of the local council and a house developer - in a civilised country. Wandsworth Council's comments smack of mean spirited parochialism, and their reference to '...buildings that will better stand the test of time' begs the question of how well the council has cared for the estate over the years, and how sustainable the proposed demolitions are - as well as how well they can ensure good quality construction in a country that's plagued with a recent history of badly supervised, badly built new housing.

Posted date

18 July, 2019

Posted time

10:47 am

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