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How London’s Sick Heygate Estate Created South London Dragons (Photos)

THERE aren’t only dragons in south London, there’s a diseased elephant, a plastic castle and the Heygate Estate, a large housing estate in Walworth. It’s due to be demolished as part of Southwark Council’s regeneration plan for the area. In it’s place will be garden squares, low-rise terraces and… Yes, there will be a dreaded tower block, but it’s been designed by Sir Norman Foster – so it will look less like a monolith to tuberculosis than a giant penis. It will invigorate the area.

Once upon a time, the plan was for a series of high-rises and walkways linking Crystal Palace to the river. You would walk about south London in the clouds, never needing to touch the ground until you reached the Thames. There you would stand pale as an anaemic’s turd as you tapped on the glass and gazed at the wonders of North London in the great beyond.

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Posted: 23rd, August 2010 | In: Reviews | Comment