1 Bedroom flat in Great Arthur House,
Golden Lane Estate EC1
Great Arthur House is a 16 storey block in the centre of Golden Lane Estate, the tallest residential building in Britain when it was built—these are my favourite flats on the whole of the estate. Built between 1953 and 1957 this was Chamberlain Powell and Bon's first project together.
The estate was built on a devastated bombed site, and intended to get workers living back in the City. It was regarded as a bit ‘well to do’ —attracting residents such as doctors and clergymen. I recently read that they built so many one bedroom flats to deter working class families from Islington moving in!
It has been regarded as an example of successful communal living. Attention is given to the spaces between the buildings as much as the building themselves, and includes a swimming pool, tennis courts (originally a bowling green), a pond and a community centre.
On the market is this one bedroom flat. It’s been bouncing around various Estate Agents for a few months, and has been reduced by a whopping £75,000 since it was first listed. The space is great, albeit not huge but with a decent size living room and bedroom, with full length sliding door, and a balcony where you can just about get a table and chairs. The downside though is that it’s only on the second floor, and there are major works scheduled for the building, estimated at 45k per flat. Ouch. Still, you do get to be my neighbour, so it may well be worth the investment. More here.
Black and white image: Courtesy of Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection