Of the 90 flats in Perronet House there are 37 flats owned by leaseholders. Occasionally these popular flats are sold on the open market.
If you are interested in buying in Perronet House you are welcome to register your interest and I may be able to find you a seller and answer questions.
Here are a few surprising facts about the building:
– Perronet House was commended in a government award for housing in 1971
– Perronet House’s architect, Sir Roger Walters was knighted the year Perronet House was completed.
– 80 of the flats in Perronet House are split level over 5 floors each, providing dual aspect views west and east.
– Perronet House is not a system built pre fab like many mid 20th century council blocks, but made from insitu concrete. Sometimes surveyors incorrectly describe the block as system-built and this can undermine a mortgage application. Details about all tower block construction can be found in the definitive text on high rise UK public housing, “Tower Block” (Glendinning and Muthesius, 1994) – the gazetteer at the back lists every block built. Go to page 367 of the online pdf, page number 356 of book. Perronet House is at the very bottom right of the page [listed by its GLC name of Elephant and Castle CDA Site 4 (Princess St)] – it does not have an unusual construction listed next to it. Compare this with, say, the Commercial Way blocks described immediately above which are listed as having Larsen-Nielsen (one of the most famous system-built techniques) – or the Aylesbury development (detailed two pages earlier) – which says they are Jespersen construction.
– The building is fitted with a gas supply to each kitchen for powering the cooker. Some residents have had this supply removed as they prefer to use electric.
– In the late 1980s the piloti on lower levels were filled in to accommodate additional residents in new flats, which are differentiated by having hard-wood windows and brick walls.
– All the other windows in Perronet House are the original galvanised steel frames made by Crittal. All the large opening panes and some of the smaller panes are double glazed, as they were from new, the other panes are single glazed.
– Perronet House welcomed guests as part of in London Open House in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
– Permission can be obtained from the council to reconfigure flats and remove or add walls, creating bold new contemporary properties as have previously featured in Open House and on blogs such as “Modernist Estates”.
– The view from Perronet House includes two listed buildings in the foreground. The first to be listed was the large metal box at the centre of the junction. It was designed by Rodney Gordon in 1965 as a memorial to local resident Michael Faraday. It also contains an electricity substation for the underground. The more recent listing is Metro Central Heights, a 1960s mega structure designed by Erno Goldfinger as offices in the early 1960s, condemned for having sick building syndrome when used as the HQ for the government’s DHSS and subsequently painted cream and converted into flats in the 1990s. It was listed in 2013 (presumably because of its architect notoriety more than the building’s integrity which is far from original either inside or out). Residents benefit from a small paddling pool and gym in the basement and concierge service but do not benefit from double glazing as we do.
– The ground floor contains several lockable garages to rent from the council from parking a car or using for general storage.
If you are a Perronet House leaseholder looking to sell your flat contact me and I may be able to help you find a buyer.
– Service charge for a two bed flat is currently approximately £2,600 a year which includes a share of the cost of heating and hot water. Service charge is partly calculated according to property size so is a few hundred pounds different for larger and smaller homes.
– Get an electrician to check the wiring in your flat before you agree the sale price. The flat you are viewing may need rewiring if it has not been done since it was built. A seller should be able to provide you with a certificate of recent electrical safety if work has been done. The original design of the earth in these flats relies on a good contact throughout the metal conduit that contains the live and neutral wire. In many cases we know this earth has failed. The council has rewired all tenant flats. To rewire a flat and chase in the new cables costs in the region of £5,000.
– Check the condition of the two water tanks, hot and cold. The originals are metal and many are very corroded from the inside out, some even discretely leak. Leaseholders are responsible for the cost of replacing their cold water tank but the renewal of the hot water tank is inclusive within your service charge and can be replaced by the council’s heating contractor if they deem it necessary. Be suspicious of any cold water tank that is still metal, a new replacement will be plastic, and if the exterior of the hot water tank shows any signs of corrosion ask the vendor to contact the council’s repair team and get it checked out to save you the hassle should you move in.
– Beware flats where walls have been removed or added in which the owners cannot provide written evidence from the council of permission having been granted. You could be liable for the cost of restoring the property to its original configuration.
– Check that panes of glass that should be double glazed are double glazed (all large opening panes and at least one of the other large panes in every room). The council has sometimes incorrectly replaced double glazed panes with single glazing.
– We have been told by the council that our windows will not be considered for replacement anytime soon. The Resident Association is currently of the view that white uPVC windows should not be installed. An estate agent informed one leaseholder this would devalue their property on aesthetic grounds. Nearby Draper House was reglazed by the council in 2017 with black framed windows, which are much more appropriate.
– Mortgages are available on the property after several years of suspicion from lenders which held down prices. Halifax for example has provided mortgages for properties bought in 2017 and 2018.
– The government’s incentive to council tenants to buy their property is a discount of £102,700 (as of 2015) together with a tendency to undervalue to flat, giving tenants an effective discount of about £150,000. Tenants are encouraged to buy their flats and take greater responsibility for their homes in this splendid building.