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  • Trellick Tower is without a doubt the most famous, or some would say infamous, Brutalist building in London and has become such an icon one can buy t-shirts with it on, and even bookshelves.
  • It was designed by Ian Flemming's acquaintance Erno Goldfinger who had the famous film character named after him.
  • For several months Goldfinger himself lived in a penthouse in the tower as he had previously done at the Balfron Tower.
  • The walkways between the service shaft and main tower every two floors are based on the dimensions of train carriages to make the users of them feel more comfortable and familiar with their surroundings. The entry once every two floors is because each flat is a duplex.
  • The service block once housed an oil burning boiler at its top but since the 1973 oil crisis that saw the United Kingdom move away from heating oil this has not been used and now lies empty. At one point a planning application was filed to turn it into a penthouse but this was rejected.
  • Apartments are duplex, flooded with light from both sides and heavily based on the modernist principles that were exhibited in L'Unite d'Habitation.
  • All flats have balconies, those high enough up present views as far as the South Downs.
  • In the 1980s cutbacks in the council housing budget had turned the flats into a virtual warzone with multiple rapes and assaults happening.
  • Investment in improving security in the block has lead to it becoming a highly desirable place to live proving even ugly blocks can be good places to live if well managed.

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Architect
Erno Goldfinger
Developer
Greater London Council
Main Contractor
F.G Minter

Reference Data

Reference No.
1277
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
02-11-2014
 

Building Location

Address
5 Goldbourne Road, London. W10 5PL
Council
Kensington and Chelsea
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1966
Construction start date
1967
Completion date
1972
Heritage Status
Grade II*
Style
Brutalist

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
120.00
Pinnacle Type
Antenna
Roof Height (AGL)
98.10

Total Floors (O.G)
32
Plant Floors
1
Number of Lifts
2

Market Data

Primary Use
Residential

Flats
219

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