Ghosts of Milford Towers


A Journey Inside Milford Towers from SouthLondonInterest on Vimeo.

Like the Heygate Estate, Catford's Milford Towers was a terrible place to live, but a fantastic place to film apocalyptic cityscape. The estate is due to be demolished. Through its destruction, South London will lose something important, but not somewhere so important that anyone who opines its loss would choose to live. This film captures Milford Towers in their flawed glory.

With thanks to Peter.

7 comments:

anonymouse said...

Once these flats were considered cutting-edge public architecture. 30 years on they are apocalyptic. Hoe long for the much more boring flats being built now in Lewisham?

anon said...

Is it the buildings or the inhabitants?

Notting Hill was famous for crime and slum dwellings, the same properties are in use but the atmosphere is completely different.

Did the council have a long term plan for this tower which meant they used the building to house too many people with anti-social tendencies?

notesofanidealist said...

'opines its loss would choose to live' = 'opines about its loss would choose to live there' (?)

Max Calò said...

There is nothing wrong with Milford Towers apart from its management. A mountain of concrete will be pulled down to be replaced by another mountain of concrete. Regeneration indeed.

Tamsin said...

Driving towards them up those back-streets the other day and wondering how long before they went. As far as the shape of the blocks goes they are really rather good architecture - beautiful chunky curves.

Anon said...

Since 1964 apart from 1968-1971 the same party has ruled Lewisham. If Milford Towers was built in 1978 the current council are demolishing the past mistakes of councillors such as Jim Dowd?

PVP said...

Such architecture was used all over the country and much of it has since been demolished. This suggests there is a flaw in the design no matter which party controlled the local government. The one exception I can think of is the Barbican centre which benefits from being in City. Anyone know of any others?
I think the issue more of how society treats poverty / unemployment, etc. If it gets too concentrated in the wrong environment it just gets worse. For the sake of Catford I do not think it is too controversial to say it needs knocking down.

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