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MILTON COURT

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: MILTON COURT

List entry Number: 1051038

Location

MILTON COURT, 7-18, PARKLEYS

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: Richmond upon Thames

District Type: London Borough

Parish:

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 22-Dec-1998

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 471932

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Details

TQ 1771 PARKLEYS, HAM COMMON (South side) 22/27/10065 Nos.7-18 Milton Court 22.12.1998

GV II

Block of twelve flats. 1954-5 by Eric Lyons for Bargood Estates Ltd, subsequently Span Developments Ltd; Geoffrey Paulson Townsend developer, G Scroble project architect, Wates builders. Brick cross- and partition walls, concrete, 'Eternit' block and tile hanging. Flat felted roofs. The flats set in three linked ranges, each of four flats, with a brick stack at the end of each range. Nos. 7-10 and Nos. 11-14 each of six bays, Nos.15-18 of five, divided by the exposed ends of the crosswalls. Central entrance way and staircase to each block. Main facades have full-width windows of three square panes per bay, some with top-opening casements, the storeys divided by tile-hanging and some windows with green blind panels. Road (north) facades have large plate glass windows to right of each entrance, divided by horizontal panel bearing original signage to blocks. Two-light staircase window and louvres over. Rear facade has two-light staircase window and louvres to ground-floor of entrance bay. Otherwise it has a similar arrangement of windows to the north facade, save that all ground-floor flats have French doors on to the gardens. All the stairs are of terrazzo, with steel balustrading inset with timber panel to first flight and to first-floor landing; coloured glass in doors to stores. Interiors originally had timber floors and some had sliding living room partitions, but have not been inspected. HISTORY Eric Lyons and Geoffrey Townsend met in the late 1930s and renewed their partnerships after war service. They developed a number a small private developments in the south west London and north Surrey borders, until in 1954 Townsend set himself up as a developer and was forced to give up his RIBA membership. This is their first mature work, and their first as Span Developments Ltd. It is on the site of a nursery, and the blocks of flats were carefully laid out so that existing trees were kept, and the nursery stock and its gardener were taken over as part of the development. It is laid out as a series of cul-de-sacs, with most of the blocks set out as a series of squares and terraces. The combination of two- and three-storey blocks is distinctive to Parkleys, while that of brick and tile hanging was repeated subsequently in Span works, particularly at Blackheath. Their mixture of old materials used in a modern manner makes for a particularly humane environment which was much admired. Lyons's squares and terraces were a modern vernacular answer to the Georgian tradition of central London, set in lush suburban landscaping but at such relatively high densities (about 80 persons per acre) that Span were frequently in dispute with planning authorities. Parkleys was developed for first-time buyers, and Span was one of the first companies to promote the endowment mortgage. It is also the first example of the system of residents' management companies set up by Span which has kept most of their developments in such exceptional condition. Each leaseholder contributes to the funding of paid maintenance staff, and is a member of the management company that runs the estate. ASSESSMENT Eric Lyons was admired for 'bridging the gap' between speculative work and the creativity most architects of his generation only found int he public sector. 'Twenty years ago he would have been regarded as barely respectable, today he is important. He may even come to be looked back upon as a key figure' (Architectural Review, February 1959). So it has proved. The opportunity to work in such a close partnership with a sympathetic developer enabled Lyons to pursue his own ideas in materials, layout and design. Yet the blocks had to be simple, for 'the architect has to design and organise so that buildings can be produced at the same cost as a builder's scheme providing the same accommodation', as Townsend told the Architects' Journal (20 January 1955). Parkleys was the first, largest and probably the most influential of all the Span schemes.



Listing NGR: TQ1811071569

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Architects Journal' in 20 January, (1955), 72
'Architect and Building News' in 27 November, (1957), 715-24
'Architectural Review' in February, (1959), 108-120
'Architecture and Building' in August, (1955), 289-94

National Grid Reference: TQ 18110 71569

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