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1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3

1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3

Ok, not quite a Span House. This is a Span flat. Or if you prefer, an Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3.

1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3

Dating back to the late 1950s, this is an apartment on the second floor of a building described by the Twentieth Century Society as ‘one of the most sophisticated and best-known of the Span developments in Blackheath’. It is also set away from busy roads and traffic, so quite a peaceful place to come back to as well.

1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3

Saying that, it obviously isn’t that far from the crowds, with a ten-minute walk taking you to the fields of Blackheath, which lead to Greenwich Park. Blackheath Village fairly close by too.

1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3

All of which is very nice. But what about the apartment?

1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3

Well, as you can see, the block itself has survived well over the decades, retains much of its original modernist look and feel. A  huge positive.

1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3

As for the apartment, that is described as ‘remarkably light’ due to the ‘extensive’ glazing front and back and finishes aside, looks to be in pretty much original condition. After all, how many changes can you make to an apartment outside of refitting the kitchen and bathroom?

1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3

The layout is two bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room, as well as a bathroom. The flat also comes with a separate store room, which is just beyond the front door.

1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3

If a move to Blackheath appeals, this apartment is on the market for £525,000. Note that as an apartment there is a service charge too, likely to be around £2,600 per annum.

Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3
1950s Span house: Eric Lyons-designed apartment in Hallgate on the Cator Estate, Blackheath, London SE3

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