Architect: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon

Combe Avenue
London SE3


Under offer

This three-bedroom house is located on the edge of Greenwich Park and forms part of the Vanbrugh Park Estate, a small housing development built in 1962 and designed by the renowned architects Chamberlin, Powell & Bon.

Accommodation is split over two floors and includes an entrance area, open-plan living / dining area, modern kitchen, three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Like in all the houses on the estate, there is a solid-fuel stove incorporated into a heatsink designed as part of the staircase. The flue continues up through the stairwell, a very striking feature, to provide an effective heating system. This particular house forms part of a terrace of five that faces north, each with private south-facing gardens.

Similar to the more celebrated estates by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon – the Barbican and Golden Lane – there are a variety of housing types at Vanbrugh Park. The scheme was commissioned by the Borough of Greenwich, whose vision sought a mixture of dwellings. As a result, the estate comprises an elegant eight-storey block containing the majority of the estate’s flats, low-rise terraces of houses and flats, and a few single-storey flats arranged over garages.

The perpendicular layout of the terraces creates communal squares and spaces, a key function of the design. As discussed in a book by Robert Maxwell, ‘New British Architecture’, “The greater part of the site is organised with two-storey blocks forming courts, and although an access road cuts through the middle of the layout, it is quiet and combines with the squares and walkways to provide an environment favouring the pedestrian. The main walkway penetrates the apartment block as if to underline the importance of the pedestrian system”.

In Elain Harwood’s book, ‘Chamberlin, Powell & Bon’, the author points out that “Powell gave special attention to preserving trees and planting courtyards and play spaces, which survive… The scheme is a suburban adaptation of the Golden Lane ethos and is a fine example of Chamberlin, Powell & Bon’s interest in place making”.

The location is a tranquil one, beside the beautiful Greenwich Park and amongst the large period villas for which the Greenwich / Blackheath area is renowned. Train stations at Blackheath, Maze Hill, Westcombe Park and Cutty Sark DLR are all within approximately 15 minutes’ walk. The area is renowned for its outstanding schools, open spaces (the heath itself) and excellent local shops and restaurants.


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.

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Chamberlin, Powell & Bon

The practice was founded in 1952 by Geoffry Powell (1920-1999), Peter Chamberlin (1919-1978) and Christoph Bon (1921-1999), following Powell’s win in the 1951 architectural competition for the Golden Lane Estate in central London. The three founding partners were teaching at Kingston Polytechnic when they each entered the design competition with the agreement that, should any of them win, they would form a partnership with the other two to deliver the project. After completion of the Golden Lane Estate, the practice was commissioned again by the Corporation of the City of London to design another housing development on an adjacent site: the Barbican Estate. The work of Chamberlin, Powell & Bon was strongly influenced by Le Corbusier, and their two seminal estates are listed in recognition of their architectural importance.

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