Architect: Frederick Gibberd

Pullman Court
London SW2

£375,000
Leasehold

New

A wonderfully bright two-bedroom apartment on the sixth floor of this seminal Grade II-listed development, located on Streatham Hill. Pullman Court was designed in the 1930s by the architect Frederick Gibberd, and is among the finest Modern Movement housing in the UK.

This flat is in arguably the best block at Pullman Court, situated at the rear of the site away from the road. It is offered for sale in very good condition, with painted concrete floors and stripped Crittall windows. The views over London from the flat are spectacular.

The apartment has a garage en bloc and resident’s parking on the estate.

Pullman Court was designed around several large and graceful trees which pre-date the building. It was originally designed to appeal to young professionals (each flat came with a wireless, a gas fire and an ice box built in) who wanted a “country retreat” out of the smog. There is an active residents’ committee at Pullman Court; many of the people who live there are genuinely passionate about the building, and this helps form a focus for the community, with summer barbeques and Christmas parties held in the landscaped grounds.

Pullman Court is located approximately 600m from Streatham Hill railway station, from where regular trains run to Victoria with a journey time of around 17 minutes. The nearest Tube station is Brixton (Victoria Line). Streatham Hill is served by particularly good bus links, and is well placed for road access to the South. The open spaces of Brockwell Park are within close proximity.

Tenure: Leasehold
Lease Length: approx. 85 years
Service Charge: approx. £2,186.11 per annum (contributes to a sinking fund of approx. £612.95)
Ground Rent: approx. £20 per annum

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

Pullman Court in Streatham, South London, completed in 1936, was designed by Frederick Gibberd when he was just 23 years old. The design addressed the city’s housing shortage whilst working with a increasingly available modern materials and an innovative design. The project and was notable for allowing a modernist architect freedom of design on such a large scheme.

White-walled and concrete framed, there are 218 one- to four-bedroom apartments in total spread across three blocks and set amongst landscaped gardens. The blocks are organised in order to capitalise on natural daylight and in a way that is sensitive to the landscape. A belt of mature trees diminishes noise from the road.

Each apartment was equipped with bespoke furniture and lighting, a pioneering move by Gibberd to create a strong discourse between the building’s exterior and the interior environment.

In 1995 the external fabric of the buildings was expansively refurbished and the development was upgraded from a Grade II to Grade II*-Listing.


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Frederick Gibberd

Sir Frederick Gibberd (1908-84) was one of Britain’s most influential Modern Movement architects, recognised both for his contributions to social housing and post-war town planning, and for his radical designs for a number of notable public and religious buildings. Born in Coventry in 1908, Gibberd went on to study at the Birmingham School of Architecture alongside F.R.S. Yorke (with whom he would later collaborate on a number of significant publications), under the instruction of renowned Arts and Crafts architect William Bidlake. Gibberd set up a private practice in 1930, winning his first commission for Pullman Court in Streatham at the age of 23 – an acclaimed project that led to commissions for a number of similar schemes, including Park Court in Sydenham, and Southgate’s Ellington Court. Increasingly recognised as the ‘flat’ architect, Gibberd, along with Yorke, co-wrote the influential publication ‘The Modern Flat’ in 1937. At this time Gibberd also became a member of the Modern Architectural Research Group (MARS) alongside other key figures of twentieth-century modernism including Serge Chermayeff, Wells Coates and Berthold Lubetkin. Unfit for service during the Second World War, Gibberd was appointed principal of the Architectural Association, ensuring students continued to receive training throughout this period. He also began to extensively study town planning, leading to his appointment in 1947 as planner for the new town of Harlow, Essex – recognised today as one of the most successful schemes of its kind. Gibberd also won commissions for a number of religious buildings, for which he is perhaps best known, including the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (1962-67) with its distinctive ‘crown of thorns’, and the London Central Mosque (1977-78) on the edge of Regent’s Park. Gibberd retired in 1978, but his practice (established in 1945) still operates today, whilst his own home and much-loved garden in Harlow remain open to the public. Read a personal account of Sir Frederick Gibberd, written by his grandson Matt Gibberd – Founding Director of The Modern House – here.

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