Lillington Gardens

Coordinates: 51°29′27″N 0°08′09″W / 51.4909°N 0.1359°W / 51.4909; -0.1359 (Lillington Gardens)
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Lillington Gardens
A pub on the estate
ArchitectRoger Westman, John Darbourne, Geoffrey Darke

Lillington Gardens is an estate in the Pimlico area of the City of Westminster, London, constructed in phases between 1961 and 1971 to a plan by Roger Westman and Darbourne & Darke.[1] The estate was formerly owned and managed by CityWest Homes.

The estate was among the last of the high-density public housing schemes built in London during the postwar period and is referred to as one of the most distinguished.[2] Notably, seven years before the Ronan Point disaster ended the dominance of the tower block, Lillington Gardens looked ahead to a new standard that achieved high housing density within a medium-rise structure rather than a high-rise structure. It emphasised individuality in the grouping of dwellings and provided for private gardens at ground and roof levels.

The estate's high build quality, and particularly the planted gardens of its wide "roof streets", blend sympathetically with the surrounding Victorian terraces.

The estate's high-quality design was acknowledged by a Housing Design Award (1961), a Ministry of Housing and Local Government Award for Good Design (1970), a RIBA Award (1970), and a RIBA Commendation (1973). Nikolaus Pevsner described it in 1973 as "the most interesting recent housing scheme in London".

The site surrounds the Grade I-listed Church of St James the Less, built in 1859–61. The entire estate, including the church, was designated a conservation area in 1990.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Lillington Gardens". Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  2. ^ Lillington and Longmoore Gardens Conservation Area, General Information Leaflet, City of Westminster Department of Planning and City Development, February 2012

51°29′27″N 0°08′09″W / 51.4909°N 0.1359°W / 51.4909; -0.1359 (Lillington Gardens)