Trellick Tower
Golborne Road, London W10

£749,000
Leasehold

Architect: Ernö Goldfinger

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"Designed by the architect Ernö Goldfinger in the late 1960s, and Grade II* listed in recognition of its architectural importance."

A rare three-bedroom duplex apartment, with two south-west facing balconies, in one of London’s most iconic Modernist apartment blocks. Designed by the architect Ernö Goldfinger in the late 1960s, Trellick Tower has been Grade II* listed in recognition of its architectural importance.

Internal accommodation measures approximately 1,128 sq ft. Entry is on the 24th floor, to an entrance hall with utility cupboard, storage, and a separate wc. On this level is a large open-plan kitchen and dining room, with glazed sliding doors to a large south-west facing ‘pulpit’ balcony which runs the full width of the flat. Steps descend to the 23rd floor where there are three bedrooms, a family bathroom, and a large living room. There is a further balcony on this level which can be accessed via one of the bedrooms and the living room.

The property has excellent proportions, high levels of natural light and good storage, including built-in wardrobes in one of the bedrooms. The heating and hot water are run off a communal system and are included in the service charge.

Trellick Tower is a 31-storey block commissioned by the Greater London Council and completed in 1972. Some of the flats are now in private hands, but the majority are still occupied by council tenants. The building is admired for its bold silhouette, with a separate lift and service tower linked to the main block on every third floor.

Trellick Tower is located at the northern end of vibrant Golborne Road, with it’s excellent selection of restaurants, delis, antique shops and galleries. The restaurants, boutiques and bars of Portobello Road and Notting Hill are  also within easy reach. The property is also within the catchment area of several ‘outstanding’ primary and secondary schools. Westbourne Park Underground station (Hammersmith & City Line) is around seven minutes’ walk. The area also has good bus links, and the A40 Westway offers a convenient road link to the West.

Please note: A major works bill of approximately £40,000 will be payable on completion of the current works

Tenure: Leasehold
Lease Length: approx. 93 years
Service Charge: approx. £4,000 per annum (includes heating, hot water, concierge, maintenance and cleaning of communal areas
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.


History

‘The whole object of building high is to free the ground for children and grown-ups to enjoy Mother Earth and not to cover every inch with bricks and mortar’ Ernö Goldfinger

Trellick Tower is a Grade II* listed high-rise building which has gained its status in recent decades as one of the UK’s most iconic brutalist buildings. The tower sits on the Cheltenham Estate in West London’s Notting Hill and consists of 217 dwellings, efficiently arranged over 31 storeys; Trellick was of its time, the tallest apartment block in Europe. Conceived by Hungarian-born architect Ernö Goldfinger, the building was designed as a social housing project seeking to ease the post-war housing crisis of the time. Construction began in 1968 and the building opened to residents four years later, just as work commenced on neighbouring Grenfell Tower in the summer of 1972.

The exposed concrete finish and overtly brutalist silhouette of the tower forms Trellick’s distinctive profile, with its slim and sculptural service core, housing lifts, stairs and refuse chutes and cantilevered boiler house on the 32nd and 33rd floor. Efficiency in the structural layout reduces the necessity for corridors, located on every third floor and space-saving initiatives consistent throughout the design details: sliding doors to bathrooms and light switches embedded in door surrounds. Extensive glazing facing each of the timber-clad balconies maximises the potential for natural light to flood the interiors and alongside residential accommodation, the building houses six shops, an office, youth and women’s centres.

Drawing strong comparisons to Le Corbusier’s Unite d’habitation; a single slab vertical village in Marseille, housing 1600 residents and an internal shopping street at its centre, Trellick came to be considered as the ultimate expression of Goldfinger’s philosophy of high-rise planning, citing: ‘Whenever space is enclosed a spatial sensation will automatically result for persons who happen to be within it… it is the artist who comprehends the social requirements of his time and is able to integrate the technical potentialities in order to shape the spaces of the future’. In an attempt to empathise with the residents he sought to serve, Goldfinger occupied an apartment Balfron Tower to experience first-hand the good and the bad of his building, hosting regular cocktail parties with his wife to encourage feedback from his neighbours and eliminate major issues prior to the construction of Trellick.

Despite such a socially conscious approach to the design of the building, Trellick has had numerous phases of public perception. Brutalist architecture was falling out of favour by the time the tower was completed, and poor management and lack of security led to vandalism, drug abuse and prostitution almost from the outset; issues that sadly blighted what should have been an innovative and exciting development in social housing. In 1986 the radical new opportunity for residents to buy was introduced and the incredibly high demand and subsequent sales to existing occupants ensued. Lobbies for building improvements led to the implementation of a 24-hour concierge, a playground, new lifts, water and heating systems and subsequently, a renewed sense of pride in the building flourished. Government funding for a £17 million renovation by John McAslan and Partners contributed to major restoration and by the 1990s, Trellick Tower had been reimagined as a highly desirable place to live, gaining its Grade II* listing status in 1998 and came to be known as a landmark of British brutalist architecture.

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