Nightingale Estate is located in Hackney, East London. It originally consisted of six 65 (231 ft.), 22 storey tower blocks approved in 1968. Only one, Seaton Point, remains.
The six Nightingale Estate blocks
During the 1990’s the flats fell into disrepair and Hackney Council decided it was time they were demolished. Farnell Point was the first tower block to be felled by controlled explosion in July 1998. In 1998 and 1999, Seaton Point, which had been saved from demolition, was refurbished and painted white.
Embley and Southerland were demolished next in December 2000 with Christmas trees painted on the banners. The last of flats to be done away with were Rathbone and Rachel on November 30, 2003. The BBC television show Top Gear used this as a stunt for the ‘indestructible’ Toyota Hilux, which was hoisted onto the roof of Rachel Point. The car still worked after the demolition and was placed on the wall of the Top Gear studios.
Since 2003, low-rise buildings have been built where the old tower blocks once stood. IN 2017, Hackney Council announced a £200 million plan to construct 400 homes on the site, in addition to 300 built earlier.