In the 1960's, London's Borough of Camden had a reputation as one of the most progressive boroughs in the country and had appointed Sydney Cook as Borough Architect and Director of Housing. Cook was constantly challenging the government's push for high-rise buildings and in doing so appointed architect Neave Brown to design a series of low rise, high density schemes, including Rowley Way, or officially known as the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate.
Built from large scale concrete over a 6 year period the estate greatly exceeded budgets and construction deadlines before it finally opened in 1978. At a cost of £20.9 million it arguably remains the most expensive social housing ever built in the UK.
36 years after it's opening Alex uses one of the original concrete banks to launch over the wall to topsoul down the rail.