is often the case that tower blocks are unpopular places
to live and that the people living in them do not feel very
positive about them.
an area of high demand this may not be seen as a problem
by landlords since people in serious need of housing will
take what is on offer. This has led to many examples of
where tower blocks have become little more than ‘dumping
grounds’. It may also be the case that blocks receive an
unusually high level of tenants with social and behavioural
problems compared to nearby low-rise housing. Longer–term
residents have become angry and alienated as a result of
people in the blocks may indeed be a major factor in damaging
the quality of life. Vandalism, graffiti, littering, drug
dealing and other anti-social behaviour all contribute to
making blocks very unsatisfactory places to live.
is a further cause of problems. Families with young children
often find towers very difficult: simply letting children
out to play can be difficult and dangerous.
refurbishment can do a lot to improve matters, it may also
be the case that a review of allocations policy is also
need to be done
key to a successful block is to ensure that all those in
it are happy to be living there. There are a number of ways
is now quite common to only allocate families with children
to the lowest floors (perhaps the first to the fourth or
in some case to the tenth). This reduces the time they spend
in lifts etc.
Other blocks simply do not take families with children;
if children are born then arrangements are made for reallocation.
blocks are now only for older residents. Given that housing
predictions suggest a big increase in the number of households
of older people this may be a good way forward.
Holly St. tower in Hackney in London is a good example of
an over-50s block. The block was in a very problematic area
but was refurbished as part of a major transformation of
the estate and now has a concierge system and is very popular
is sometimes the case that towers contain single bedroom
housing which may be rare elsewhere. In many authorities
the only single people likely to be housed are those with
social or mental health problems: an isolated flat in a
tower is often not a good solution to that person’s housing
needs. This issue requires careful resolution by both
the landlord and relevant social services.