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The subject of an open architectural competition, Lillington Gardens (SW1V 2SU) was constructed between 1961 and 1980. Known for its staggered elevations, generous courtyard style green spaces and red-brown brick, it is widely regarded as an archetypal high-density, low-rise scheme. It is the one of the last high-density public housing schemes built in London during the post-war period.
It takes influence from the church of St James the Less (completed 1861), around which it was built. The entire estate was designated a conservation area in 1990, and is now owned by Westminster Council and managed by its arms-length management organisation, CityWest Homes.
If you live in a flat, it is not a house and you have to accept to live differently.
I've been pleasantly surprised. It's central London yet feels like a small town - in a good way!
Lack of community feel is because I think that social housing tenants do not realise the beauty of their estate and appreciate living here.
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