Courtyard homes and loft-style flats come to Kennington's Lilian Baylis

Built in the Sixties, generous new homes are being built in the original teaching blocks with re-landscaped gardens at Lillian Baylis comprehensive school.

Sixties architecture is reviled by many and rarely considered worthy of preserving. Even some heritage campaigners prefer the bulldozer. But as the decades pass, is age beginning to confer beauty?

When it opened in 1965, Kennington’s Lilian Baylis comprehensive school was a shining example of the European Modern Movement, which embodied a new social theory of architecture designed to meet the needs of the “common” people. Occupying a 3.2-acre site, the school’s sparse layout captured the egalitarian spirit of the age.

Now it’s a listed building and Henley Homes won permission to convert it into homes — and the outcome is a pleasing one.
Generous loft-style flats with large windows have been created in the original teaching blocks and new-build “courtyard” properties built in the re-landscaped grounds. Prices from £465,000 to £885,000. Call Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward on 020 7740 2640.

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