Only Fools and Horses tower block set to be demolished and replaced with £850m flats

The iconic tower block immortalized as Nelson Mandela House in the beloved British sitcom "Only Fools and Horses" is slated for demolition, making way for a new chapter in London's urban landscape.

Harlech Tower, known for its role in the TV series as the residence of Del Boy and Rodney Trotter, is set to be razed and replaced with state-of-the-art £850 million luxury apartments by 2027. Despite its portrayal as a Peckham-based home, the tower block, situated north of the Thames in Ealing, served as the exterior setting for the Trotter brothers' abode.

Originally erected in the aftermath of World War II as part of London's post-war reconstruction efforts, Harlech Tower fell into disrepair during the 1980s, reflecting broader challenges faced by many high-rise estates of its era. Nevertheless, its on-screen notoriety as the fictional home of Del Boy, Rodney, and their Uncle Albert captured the imaginations of audiences worldwide.


The decision to demolish the tower and embark on a new development marks the end of an era, symbolizing the evolving urban landscape of London. Ealing Council, in a statement addressing the controversial move, highlighted the historical context of the tower's construction and subsequent decline.

"In 1949, efforts began to revitalize South Acton, culminating in the creation of a new estate characterized by towering edifices—a hallmark of post-war urban planning. However, over the ensuing decades, these structures grappled with enduring design and social challenges, mirroring the fate of many similar developments across the country," the statement elucidated.

As Harlech Tower prepares to fade into memory, its demolition signifies not just the end of a sitcom landmark but also the dawn of a new era in London's architectural narrative.


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