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  • Keeling House is considered one of the finest examples of modern council housing in London built on a site demolished by V2 bombers in World War 2.
  • Revolutionary at the time was the idea of four flanking wings of maisonette flats laid off a central core conceived by the architect as being four streets in the sky arranged in a cluster that has the sunlight penetration of all four wings maximised.
  • Lasdun designed the building to have an in-situ reinforced concrete structure, but by the time the project began pre-cast concrete had become a faster way of erecting a tower block so the construction method was changed.
  • Nonetheless, the central core of the tower is constructed with in-situ concrete. This is a solid structure, the wings however would move due to wind pressure thus they are connected to the core by pin joints. The back wall of the lifts is also 14 inches thick to further reduce structural strains.
  • By the late 1990s it had fallen into disrepair and was on the brink of being demolished but the listing granted in 1993 saved it and it was restored.
  • In 2002 it won a RIBA award for the quality of the work undertaken in restoring it to its former glory with a new penthouse level added to the top of the building adding another eight apartments to the original total of 64.

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Architect
Sir Denys Lasdun
Main Contractor
Wates City
Renovation Architect
Munkenbeck + Marshall
Structural Engineer
Arup Group

Reference Data

Reference No.
2791
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
02-10-2014
 

Building Location

Address
Claredale Street, London. E2 6PG
Council
Tower Hamlets
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1951
Construction start date
1954
Completion date
1957
Renovation Date
2001
Heritage Status
Grade II*
Style
Modernist

Roof Height (AGL)
43.56

Total Floors (O.G)
15

Market Data

Primary Use
Residential

Flats
72

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