modern movement conservation
Golborne Road, North Kensington, London W10
This 31-storey residential block was the culmination of Ernö Goldfinger’s career as architect. Built for the Greater London Council as part of his Cheltenham Estate, London W10, in 1967-72, it was listed Grade 2* in 1998 James Dunnett worked for Goldfinger in his office in the tower, and subsequently helped the Residents’ Association to restore the coloured-glass screen in the entrance hall, from which the glass had been removed by Kensington and Chelsea Council. He was later commissioned by the Council to write two reports, one on the scope for architectural restoration of the Tower and one on the technical problem of finding a route for new gas mains, carried out in collaboration with services engineer Max Fordham. He successfully proposed the restoration of the original windows of the tower rather than their replacement, and the reinstatement of the original entrance hall. He has proposed a subsidiary residential tower on the site of Goldfinger’s demolished Care Home as a solution to the search for more housing while maintaining the maximum amount of green space.