The GLC Plans For The Estate

The GLC, demolished area A and built two tower blocks with low-rise flats between them. The tower blocks would give high density and yet allow sunlight to penetrate everywhere. As was fashionable at this period, all the buildings had flat roofs, a source of trouble for the future, but cheap at the time. The 1960s was a period of helter-skelter building, where numbers counted more than prudence. Political parties vied to produce more houses than each other during their periods of office. Housing numbers were party politics and normal architectural tradition was often flouted. Often too, costs had to be cut after the buildings had been started, resulting in ad hoc solutions which later cost a lot of money in maintenance and repair.


Hermes and Chantry Points, divided by the
low-rise Athens and Kincardine Estates

At first the new developments were greeted with pleasure. The first tenants still speak of their delight at their new flats, with their own front doors, clean and fresh, with bathrooms and other facilities they had never had before. But the numbers built could not cope with the insatiable demand. Most of the estate was still dilapidated and untouched

 

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