Heygate Estate, Southwark

An iconic housing estate near Elephant and Castle, neo-brutalist with high walkways connecting the tall concrete towers surrounded by communal greens and low-rise blocks, the estate was once home to 3,000.

When I visited the Heygate and Aylesbury Estates in 2011, I was struck by the fetishization of the green space. The greens were meant to be seen, not experienced. Once a popular place to live, Heygate fell victim to its lack of community became the target of redevelopment and official neglect by the Southwark Council. The remaining leaseholders have posted about their struggle with the Council.

These photos are from Dec 23, 2012.

2 thoughts

  1. The Heygate’s lack of community is due to the fact that its long-standing 3000 strong community was evicted against its will…
    Please look beyond the pieces of so-called journalism being sourced in the wikipedia article; these stem largely from press releases issued by the council and its development partner.

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