10 Reasons Why Kilburn Post-war Housing Blocks Need to Go.

A huge initiative is underway to regenerate the South Kilburn area in north-west London and demolish its eighteen storey post-war housing blocks.

This is a major improvement for the area, especially for one of Kilburn’s local landmarks; the grade I listed Church of St Augustine, built between 1870 – 1877, designed by architect John Loughborough Pearson, here’s why:

1. The contrast between one of the finest Victorian gothic revival churches in the country and the lacklustre housing estate is stark and jarring.

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2. Kilburn’s Church of St Augustine has the tallest spire in London, people need to see this.

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3. There’s nothing positive that can be said about the presence of these blocks.

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4. The blocks make the street look monotonous.

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5. They could not be regarded as anything other than an eyesore.

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6. Local people in Kilburn deserve better.

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 7. Make way for the low-rise, six storey mansion block development.

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8. The proposed development has been designed by an award-winning, design-led, architectural practice.

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9. The proposed buildings are simple, understated and varied to avoid blandness and repetitiveness.

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10. The buildings are unmistakably modern and boast architectural flair without overpowering the listed buildings. 

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Are/were you a South Kilburn resident? We’d love to hear from you:


Photo sources: @stevecadman, @nicohogg, @adam_hiles, Visualhouse & Alison Brooks Architects.