For the third episode of our oral history video project “Memories of Battersea”, Spectacle met Nick Wood, the eclectic architect who designed and built Carey Gardens estate.
Throughout his career at LCC and GLC, Nick aimed to create "Council estates that didn't look like council estates”, designing buildings that could provide enjoyable living environment for its residents.
Nick applied Sir Leslie Martin’s theories on land use to design Carey Gardens estate and his model proved that it was possible to achieve high density with low-rise buildings.
This Memories of Battersea episode gives an insight on the history of social housing, focusing on the effort of building new homes for Battersea community after the devastation of World War II. It also shows how good urban design helps building vibrant and happy communities.