Less than forty five years after the Connaught Estate was completed, its last rites have been administered. As I noted in an earlier post on the Morris Walk Estate, the Connaught Estate will be demolished soon as part of the One Woolwich regeneration project, along with the Maryon Road and Grove Estate.
The Connaught Estate was designed by Greenwich Council’s architects, assisted by consultant engineers Jenkins and Potter. The project began in 1967 and construction was completed in 1970 by contractors Simms, Sons and Cook. ‘Five-storey blocks, open at ground level, form a north–south spine off which range eight-storey blocks with basement garages, all punctuated by lift towers and stepping up the hill in a fish-skeleton layout’ (English Heritage, Survey of London, Woolwich, ch. 9).
Only a small number of residents remain on site. Many landings have been sealed off, some properties have been vandalised and the residents’ car parks are unnaturally empty. Wild flowers and plants are enjoying a brief interlude of uninterrupted growth.
This gallery documents the Connaught Estate in the final chapter of its existence: click here to see the pictures.
Here is a small gallery from Saturday night’s visit to Dungeness.