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'Span' Housing, Blackheath. London | by Iqbal Aalam
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'Span' Housing, Blackheath. London

Now we peep into a ground breaking era of private housing in late 50s and 60s. Architects Eric Lyons and Geoffrey Townsend entered this design and development venture but Geoffrey had to become a developer. They worked with Landscape Architect Ivor Cunnigham and together built small modestly priced private housing schemes. All were well integrated in existing street patterns, preserving mature trees and adding sensitive landscaping and paying particular attention to the streetscape.

Communal residents associations were also formed to maintain the communal spaces. These schemes never suffered from vandalism and even the most vulnerable materials, like tile hanging are still as good as new.

This 'style' was copied widely but unwisely, producing disastrous failures throughout the country.

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Taken on April 10, 2008