A short film about Cressingham Gardens Estate, which Lambeth Council is planning to demolish, was released on February 18.
The film, entitled ‘Homes under the Sledgehammer’ is directed by Sanda Kolar and includes several of the estate’s residents speaking about their experiences of life on the estate.
The overwhelming feeling the film projects is that of community spirit amongst the residents. Nicholas Greaves, Cressingham Gardens Residents’ Chair, said: “It seemed like a jewel in Lambeth’s crown of estates, so it seemed crazy to me that you would want to demolish it.”
Residents are campaigning for repairs to the estate, as opposed to demolition and regeneration. £3.4 million is available to the council for repairs under Lambeth’s Decent Homes Scheme, but Lambeth Council claims regeneration is more cost effective.
The 20th Century Society has given their support to the residents in a further campaign to grant the estate listed status. Catherine Croft, director of the society, said: “The architecture here is incredibly human centred and gentle. It’s the absolute opposite of the Gherkin.”
English Heritage has recommended that the estate be included within the Brockwell Park Conservation Area.
Lambeth Council are yet to reach a decision on the exact future of Cressingham Gardens Estate.
A petition to ‘Save Cressingham Gardens’ can be found here.