Churchill Gardens in Pimlico is the 4th best council estate in the UK
By londononline | Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 18:33
The leading weekly architectural magazine, Building Design, has named the Churchill Gardens Estate in Pimlico, as the fourth best out of ten council estates in the UK. Churchill Gardens managed by CityWest Homes was built on the site of bomb damaged Victorian terraces between 1946 and 1962. Designed by architects, Philip Powell and Hildago Moya for Westminster City Council, the grade two listed estate originally had 1,661 homes in 32 blocks, but now has 1,800 homes in 39 blocks. Originally constructed in four phases over 16 year it had a shop and a school. One of the innovations to be found on the estate is the fifty year-old Pimlico Heating District Undertaking, a combined heat and power network which used a glazed ac***ulator tower to draw heat from Battersea Power station for the use of homes on the estate. It was used until 1983 and was reopened in 2007. Churchill Gardens was the first housing development to be greenlit after WW2. The competition winning scheme was influenced by Dutch design of the 1930s.