Carradale House, Brownfield Estate, Poplar, London, E14
The 11 storey, Grade ll Listed Carradale House (1970) is one of Goldfingers complementary collection of Brutalist buildings on the Brownfield Estate, Poplar. At the time it represented the ideology and aspiration for good quality design and public housing. Leaside Planning Ltd, working closely with English Heritage, obtained approval for the internal refurbishment of the 88 flats as well as a full external cleaning and upgrade.
A discussion about Ernő with Ursula Goldfinger’s cousin on a golf course prompted Ian Fleming to name the James Bond adversary and villain Auric Goldfinger after Ernő. (Fleming had previously been among the objectors to the pre-war demolition of the cottages in Hampstead that were removed to make way for Goldfinger’s house at 2 Willow Road.) Goldfinger consulted his lawyers when Goldfinger was published in 1959, which prompted Fleming to threaten to rename the character ‘Goldprick’, but eventually decided not to sue; Fleming’s publishers agreed to pay his costs and gave him six free copies of the book.