"The apartments were visionary when finished, and described as ‘a definitive contribution to flat design, and a triumph of effectiveness and simplicity.’ "
This wonderfully bright one-bedroom apartment is situated on the ground floor of Pullman Court in Streatham. The Grade II* listed building was the first major design by the architect Frederick Gibberd, and is among the finest Modern Movement buildings in the country.
Looking onto the internal courtyards and manicured gardens, the apartment offers a great perspective of the building through south-facing windows. Resembling an ocean liner, the blocks of flats are arranged in varying heights and widths to maximise light and shared communal spaces. Now white, they were once painted hues of warm brown and pink nearest the road and blue and grey at the back, to manage perspective. Gibberd intended the flats for young professionals and families, who wanted to live away from the smog of the city. As such, mature trees still shade the buildings from the road.
The apartments were visionary when finished, and described as ‘a definitive contribution to flat design, and a triumph of effectiveness and simplicity.’ Each came with a wireless, an electric fire, built-in wardrobes, and there was a communal central heating and hot water system.
This flat has a lovely newly resurfaced parquet floor, a new bathroom and recently installed double glazing to the Crittal windows. The layout is lateral, with entrance to a hallway that leads to the open-plan living room and kitchen, beyond which is the bedroom.
Many of the great communal facilities that Gibberd foresaw for Pullman Court remain. There is a staffed full-service laundry, residents parking in the estate and also new fibre-optic broadband throughout. The bright common areas are very well maintained, with lovely details such as chrome door furniture.
Pullman Court is located approximately 600 metres 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) and is easily reached by a number of buses. Streatham Hill is served by particularly good bus links, with Peckham and Dulwich within easy reach. It is also well placed for road access to the South. Pullman court is equidistant from the open spaces of Brockwell Park and Tooting Bec Common.
Lease length: approx. 172 years (expires 24 December 2191)
Service charge: approx. £2,043 per annum
Ground rent: approx £10 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.
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 an 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. 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.