The Ferrier Estate was one of Britain’s largest and most notorious examples of post-war system built social housing.
Developed in two phases from 1967 to the early 1970s and mainly constructed
from concrete panels, it was for many years referred to / viewed negatively as the archetypal ‘concrete jungle’.
Its brutalist architectural design - now very much out of favour, but once
seen as “a positive option for forward-moving, modern urban housing” –
developed into “claustrophobic, crime-ridden tenements”, becoming a typical
example of an ideology and practical approach that became synonymous with
crime and anti-social behaviour.
In 2004 a full-scale regeneration of the area was approved by the
government and in 2010 demolition and redevelopment of the Estate commenced.
Ultimately the images depict a failed utopian ideology and record an important, flawed, and fast disappearing vision.