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Churchill Gardens Estate

Accumulator Tower at Churchill Gardens
Building
Location Pimlico, Westminster, London
Client Westminster City Council
Landlord CityWest Homes
Coordinates 51°29′13″N 0°08′27″W / 51.487°N 0.1407°W / 51.487; -0.1407
Construction
Started 1946
Completed 1962
Design team
Architect Philip Powell
Hidalgo Moya
Awards and prizes RIBA London Architectural Bronze Medal (1950)

Churchill Gardens is a large housing estate in the Pimlico area of Westminster, London. The estate was developed between 1946 and 1962 to a design by the architects Powell and Moya, replacing Victorian terraces houses extensively damaged during the Blitz.

Comprising 1,600 homes in 32 blocks, the estate is notable as the only housing project completed under the ambitious Abercrombie Plan to redevelop the capital on more "efficient" lines. Tall slabs of between nine and eleven storeys are enclosed by seven storey blocks and interspersed with maisonettes and terraces. A pioneering example of mixed development, it acted as a model for many subsequent public housing projects, although few matched its size and even fewer achieved its architectural distinction or social diversity.

The estate is also notable for its early and rare example of district heating in the UK. A glass-faced accumulator tower was built to collect hot waste water from the now-disused Battersea Power Station on the opposite side of the Thames, providing heat and hot water throughout the estate. The tower is no longer in use, but still stands as the estate's most prominent feature.

Churchill Gardens was designated a conservation area in 1990, and in 1998 six blocks and the Accumulator Tower were listed Grade II.

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