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The Dover House Estate, Putney

A ‘Homes for Heroes’ estate begun by the London County Council in 1919 and reckoned – with its Arts and Crafts touches and greenery and open space to be one of the Council’s finest.

Keeling House, Bethnal Green

A Denys Lasdun Grade II-listed masterpiece, council housing designed in innovative cluster block form for Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough Council and completed in 1959.

The Wilson Grove Estate

A small cottage estate built by Bermondsey Metropolitan Borough Council in 1928 – a monument to the ideals and reforming ambitions of Alfred and Ada Salter, Christian socialists and Labour pioneers.

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Broadcasting House and British Plastics

In this viewpoint, I tell the story of the BBC’s headquarters, its design by Val Myer and FJ Watson Hart and its magnificent recording studios. The story features angry local residents, neo-Art Deco facades, and a type of early plastic made of formaldehyde resin.