George Finch for Lambeth Architect's Department
The complex and extraordinary forms of Cotton Gardens’ three 22-storey towers seem to constantly change their composition, depending on your vantage point. This is due to the slightly differing orientation of the towers in relation to each other and their richly articulated elevations with projecting balconies and window bays. Government policy at the time promoted the use of industrialised systems which created better economies of scale. George Finch became adept at getting the best out of these pre-fabricated systems and his distinctive designs were replicated on a number of other sites across Lambeth. Finch placed great store in the belief that the welfare state was trying to create a more equitable socialist society, and that provision of good quality housing at affordable rents was an essential part of this mission. Cotton Gardens, with its ground-level communal spaces, gardens, children’s play areas, community centre, launderette and doctors’ surgery, exemplified this vision.