June 21, 2021

Derelict London – Robin Hood Gardens

Robin Hood Gardens

More abandoned places in London

​Designed in the late 1960s by architects Alison and Peter Smithson and the council estate was completed in 1972. 213 flats are comprised of two long curved blocks,built from precast concrete slabs, facing each other across a central green space. In the central green area is a small man-made hill.Last year joyriders managed to drive a car up the hill before torching it.There are also some terraced houses and low level flats on the site making the whole site 252 homes.

The landlord is Tower Hamlets Council who has decided the estate is past its sell-by date and they will be handing it over to Swan Housing Group to replace it with 1,575 new ones. Some locals accuse the council of letting Robin Hood just go to rot. 45 per cent of the new builds will be “affordable” which includes “intermediate” rents being set at up to 80 per cent market rates.

The low level properties are empty and boarded up and one of the two large blocks is empty apart from a couple of leaseholders.