Architect: Austin Vernon & Partners

Giles Coppice
London SE19

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This house, designed by Malcolm Pringle of Austin Vernon & Partners in the mid-1960s, offers exceptional accommodation (including three bedrooms, a study and a garage) in an excellent location.

Giles Coppice is a small group of townhouses tucked away on a no-through road on the prestigious Dulwich Estate. All houses have off-street parking, as well as there being ample space for visitor parking. There are also well-maintained areas of landscaped green space on Giles Coppice.

This property has been recently refurbished (including a new roof). Accommodation includes three bedrooms, an open-plan living / dining room, a kitchen and study. There is also a garage, a lawned garden at the rear and a small terrace garden at the front.

The houses on Giles Coppice rarely become available and are some of the most admired on the Dulwich Estate, an area well-known for its exceptional Modern architecture. Designed by Malcolm Pringle of Austin Vernon & Partners, the layout of the individual houses on Giles Coppice (and indeed the planning of the road) was directly inspired by the Halen Estate near Berne, Switzerland. One of the most celebrated of all Modernist housing schemes, the Halen Estate is a remarkable group of 81 houses on a Swiss hillside designed by Atelier 5 in 1957-61 which went on to have a great impact across the world, particularly on British architects in the early 1960s.

The Dulwich Estate is composed of approximately 1,500 acres in South East London and includes numerous private roads that are managed by the Estate. It is noted for its concentration of outstanding 1950s and 60s residential architecture, much of it by Austin Vernon & Partners. Ranging from large detached houses with large gardens to rows of smaller terraced houses, the mix of properties as well as the exceptional landscaping and planting make for an appealing and unique place to live.

Features of the local area include Dulwich and Sydenham Golf Course, Crystal Palace International Sports Centre (with swimming pool) and the shops, bars and restaurants of Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace, which is a 5 minute walk away, is a vibrant area with award-winning restaurants and bars as well as having a thriving arts and music scene. Crystal Palace was recently named as number five on Lonely Planet’s “Greatest little-known neighbourhoods in the world”. The area also has numerous excellent parks and local woodland. Dulwich Village is a 15 minute walk from the house and the street is well placed for OFSTED ‘outstanding’ primary and secondary state schools as well as some of the best private schools in London.

Giles Coppice is ideally situated between two mainline stations (each a five minute walk away) that offer fast and convenient travel to the centre of London. Sydenham Hill runs services to London Victoria (15 minutes), Blackfriars (20 minutes) and City Thameslink/Farringdon (22 minutes) and Gipsy Hill Station has direct rail links to London Bridge (23 minutes) and Clapham Junction (15 minutes). Connecting trains (via Sydenham) will take you to Canada Water in 20 minutes and Shoreditch High Street in 30 minutes. There are also excellent bus links to Central London.

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.


History

A recent article in Midcentury Magazine described the Dulwich Estate as “a landscaped estate of 3,000 innovative homes lying five miles south of Trafalgar Square”. The authors Ian McInnes and Tom Rigden go on to say that “Consisting of ranch bungalows, terraced townhouses, high-rise apartments and mid-century mansions, the Dulwich Estate is a hillside haven little known to those outside the area. Between 1957 and 1964 Architects Austin Vernon and Partners, landscape designers Derek Lovejoy Partnership and builders Wates created a successful development of dense housing in wooded parkland, all within easy reach of central London.”

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Austin Vernon & Partners

Austin Vernon & Partners was established in 1948 when Russell Vernon (1916-2009) became a partner in the architecture practice of his uncle, Frederick Austin Vernon (1882-1972), who was the surveyor and architect to the Dulwich Estate. For several family generations, the practice had already been a successful commercial enterprise. Its architectural output, however, was rather traditional. Russell, who had studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic and worked for his great uncle, George Vernon (1870-1942), transformed it into a modern studio that over time has been appreciated for producing some of the highest-quality 1950s and 1960s housing in the country, as well as for the restoration of Dulwich Picture Gallery after bomb damage. Austin Vernon & Partners designed many different types of building in many different locations around the country, including the headquarters of Otis Elevators; a church and training centre for the Church Army; and an office for Lufthansa. Their greatest passion, however, was the Dulwich Estate, where they designed over 2,000 homes. Great care was taken to respond to the natural contours of site, surrounding tree heights and placement of existing trees.

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