Holyrood estate

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The Holyrood estate is a housing estate in Southampton, England. It was constructed as a new city district to replace a slum bombed in World War II, and designed by Lyons Israel Ellis, who later designed Wyndham Court. Owen Hatherley describes the estate as a "straightforward scattering of low and medium-rise Modernist blocks, using the soft-Brutalist vernacular of stock-brick and concrete." Hatherley praises the estate's layout over its aesthetic.[1] The estate is situated between Queensway to the west and Threefield Lane to the east, and Bernard Street to the south and Lime Street to the north.

In 2009, a series of metal sculptures were erected around the estate in tribute to the area's role in the history of Southampton.[2] Holyrood Church, which was damaged in World War II, now serves as a memorial to the Merchant Navy.[1] In 2012 seven tiled murals depicting scenes from Southampton's history were installed on the estate's blocks, to be visible from main roads.[3][4]

R&B musician Craig David, who was born in 1981, grew up in the Holyrood estate.[5]


  1. ^ a b Hatherley, Owen (November 2010). A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain. New York: Verso Books. pp. 21–22.
  2. ^ "Striking sculptures for Southampton's Holyrood estate". Southern Daily Echo. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Historic murals 'transform' Southampton council estate". 24dash.com. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Murals brighten up Southampton's Holyrood estate". Southern Daily Echo. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Craig David's Southampton". BBC. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2012.

Coordinates: 50°54′02″N 1°23′58″W / 50.9005°N 1.3995°W / 50.9005; -1.3995