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A rarely available one-bedroom flat for rent in Great Arthur House in Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s Grade II-listed Golden Lane Estate in the City of London. The apartment is situated on the twelfth floor, facing east, with spectacular views across the capital, including St Paul's Cathedral. The flat opens into a hallway which offers plenty of storage space. To the left is an open-plan living/dining room, and the bedroom beyond. The rooms can be divided with the original sliding partition. One of the key features of Great Arthur House is the full-width glazing, which allows the flat to fill with natural light. The building was recently subject to a major refurbishment project, and the windows were upgraded to double glazing. A door from the living space leads to a generous private balcony. There is a modern kitchen with a tiled worktop, dishwasher and the original serving hatch. The bathroom has also been upgraded and benefits from a washing machine.
—Offered part furnished
—Available from 1 December 2022
Residents have access to the Golden Lane Estate swimming pool, tennis and badminton courts at preferential rates. There is a Waitrose supermarket close by, Whitecross Street Market and the Barbican Arts Centre and cinemas are all within a few minutes walking distance. Clerkenwell, Smithfield Market, Farringdon and Old Street are all within short walking distance and have a fantastic selection of restaurants, pubs and bars.
There are several Underground stations within very close proximity: Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines) and Old Street (Northern Line) and Farringdon Underground (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines) and British Rail station are also within walking distance. The new Elizabeth Line station at Farringdon is a five-minute walk away is a welcome addition to the area, giving access to four of London's International Airports.
Award-winning Golden Lane Estate was the result of a competition, held in 1951 by City of London, to design housing on a heavily bombed site on the southern border of Finsbury. The competition attracted 178 entries, but the winning entry was by Geoffry Powell (1920–1999). Powell joined forces with his colleagues Peter (Joe) Chamberlin (1919–1978) and Christof Bon (1921–1999) and commenced on their first housing project. They later went on to design the neighbouring Barbican Estate.
The architects embraced an innovative approach to design, rejecting the traditional urban forms such as streets lined with houses. The scheme comprises nine blocks — incorporating shops, a pub, a community centre, a swimming pool, tennis courts, courtyards, a fish pond and underground car parking. The first phase of the estate was officially opened in 1957, with the last phase completed in 1962. The estate was popular from the off and the first residents to move in included an architect, a doctor, nurses and teachers.
The estate was given Grade II Listed building status in 1997 with the exception of Crescent House which is Grade II*.
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