Trellick Tower in Ladbroke Grove, London W10
- by CityWest Residential
Ladbroke Grove is thought of by locals as the rebellious younger brother of Notting Hill – its bohemian streets bringing together an incredible mix of social classes, ethnicities, and age groups.
Commissioned by Greater London Council in 1966, and completed in 1972, Trellick Tower is an iconic feature of the Ladbroke Grove skyline. Now a Grade II listed building, the tower stands 98 metres tall and contains 217 flats.
Probably one of Britain’s most famous blocks of council housing, the 31 storey tower was designed by Hungarian born, modernist architect Erno Goldfinger. Believed at the time to be the future of modern housing, the tower is built in a narrow oblong structure with a separate lift block linked to the main tower by a slim walkway on every third storey.
During the 1980s, a resident’s committee was established, which led to the introduction of an intercom entry system and even a concierge. This improved security led to many of the flats changing from council to private ownership through the right-to-buy scheme.
Today, despite its infamous appearance, privately owned properties in the tower can sell for prices of up to £375,000, on account of the its prime location next to the increasingly fashionable Notting Hill and impressive views across the city. In recent years, young designers and entrepreneurs have been queuing up to make Trellick Tower their home, whilst independent businesses and social enterprises have popped up in the ground floor spaces.
Established by eco-preneur Oliver Waddington-Ball, Goldfinger Factory is a design studio and furniture shop based on the ground floor of the tower. The studio encourages local residents to donate their furniture, which is then restored and sold. It is also home to mocktail bar and veggie café ‘Redemption’.
For information on property for sale or to rent around Golborne Road in Ladbroke Grove, please contactCityWest Residential, leading estate agents in Westminster.
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