Wates to restore Goldfinger's Brutalist icon

Trellick Tower housing block will undergo £7.2m restoration

Wates has been appointed to restore Modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger’s famous Trellick Tower social housing block in west London.

The Brutalist building (pictured) will undergo a £7.2m restoration by the contractor’s maintenance arm Wates Living Space.

The block in Kensal Town, Kensington and Chelsea, was built in 1972 and was the inspiration for JG Ballard’s novel ‘High Rise’ that was made into a film starring Tom Hiddlestone in 2015.

Work is due to start immediately and includes repair, renovation and replacement of the Grade II listed building’s concrete, cladding, as well as around 1,000 windows.

Work on the six-storey Block B will start first. Block A will be tackled in June and overall completion is expected next summer.

The project is part of an agreement between Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) and Wates that began in 2015 to carry out internal and external works in the north of the borough.

Wates is also planning to run community initiatives including training and employment opportunities for local people and work with social enterprises.

Wates Living Space md David Morgan said: “This project will involve a meticulous balance of ensuring we preserve the building’s iconic status while, most importantly, delivering the vital work with minimal disruption to Trellick Tower residents.

“We very much look forward to continuing our work with KCTMO and to getting under the skin of what is a landmark piece of post-war architecture.”

The Brutalist architecture movement arose from the 1950s to the mid 1970s. The 98m high building was also the inspiration for Channel 4’s reinforced concrete ‘4’ used to link between its programming.

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