“Like protective parents, the brutal architecture of Balfron Tower and Carradale House shield us from the A12’s thunderous traffic. Older sibling, Langdon House, sits in the middle, keeping an eye on us around and below with Uncle P (The Panoramic) keeps a caring watch from the borders.” - Sandra Chalmers, Chair of the Brownfield Estate Board
The Brownfield Estate designed by the architect Ernö Goldfinger and completed in the early 1960s is regarded as a landmark housing development of its period and has been designated a Conservation Area with its two principal buildings, Balfron Tower and Carradale House both listed Grade II.
I lived in Balfron Tower for 12 months as part of a program run by Bows Arts. During that time, I came to know some extraordinary people from the historic community. Sunday Best was a collaboration with members of the community to host a day of activities that celebrated the unity, strength and pride amongst the friends and family.
The publication 'Sunday Best' was produced, which is a collection of 34 portraits from the day at Brownfield Community Centre. Organised with the help of The Estate Board, Poplar HARCA, local businesses, the men's group and many others to provide prizes, food, music, woodfired pizza and face painting for the children.
For further information on this project please contact me by email here.
All images © Alan McFetridge