Welcoming the new future for Chelsea’s historic Sutton Estate

Posted: 28 November 2019

We are delighted to welcome Clarion’s recent press release announcing their decision to save and reuse the historic Sutton Estate in Chelsea.

Our Chairman, Giles Quarme, Conservation Architect, along with Lady Moya Denman and Councillor Ian Henderson all acted ‘pro bono’ in support of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in opposing the demolition of the Sutton Estate at the Public Inquiry on the basis of the loss of social housing, the unnecessary construction of luxury flats and the destruction of one of the finest Edwardian philanthropic housing estates built to house the poor and homeless. The Estate, which is one of the first to provide flats with private bathrooms and kitchens for its occupants instead of the more normal communal facilities found in the Peabody Estates and other philanthropic houses, was built to an exceptionally high standard.

Sutton Dwellings © Chris Guy gidsey.com

Following the public inquiry, Kensington and Chelsea Council decided to create the Chelsea Estates Conservation Area to preserve this unique Estate and the nearby contemporary Samuel Lewis Trust Dwellings of 1915.

The Sutton Estate consists of 14 residential blocks to the north of St Luke’s church. They were designed by ECP Monson and were built in red brick with terracotta dressings. The entire cost of the Estate was paid for by William Richard Sutton and was erected between 1908 and 1913.

Giles Quarme, Conservation Architect and AMS Chairman said:

“This is wonderful news. Chelsea has always had a diverse and balanced population combining all sections of society and this will ensure that a vibrant community is preserved and some wonderful architecture is saved.”

The AMS welcomes Clarion’s decision to preserve this important part of Chelsea’s architectural and social history, as well as a thriving long-established community. We look forward to seeing detailed plans for the site.

For further information contact office@ancientmonumentssociety.org.uk or 0207 236 3934.

High-resolution images of the estate can be found here.