A History Of Du Cane Court

It has featured in property programmes on television; and has benefited from a wide compass of residents and visitors, who, in the fullness of time, have spread the news about what it is like to live there.

The building was erected between 1935 and 1938, and has pleasing curves and metal window-frames, similar to those designed by Walter Crittall to replace the wooden sash variety, – although the old frames are now being slowly replaced. The design also included a stylish restaurant, a bar, and a club with extensive facilities. Originally, there were also plans for squash courts and a children’s crèche area, as well as roof gardens. Indeed, people remember sunbathing on the roof. The building has changed a lot over the years, but it still has a beautiful foyer and attractive Japanese gardens, landscaped by Seyemon Kusumoto; and, at the time of its completion, it had the distinction of being probably the largest block of privately-owned flats under one roof in Europe. All of the companies involved in its construction were researched for the book, and an account is given as to how this edifice – encompassing around 676 flats – reflected a period of architectural history.

Read more at Time & Leisure



Big in Balham

Inside Du Cane Court, an art deco gem in London’s Balham and the property manager who keeps the iconic 1930’s block running smoothly in the modern world.
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Du Cane Court Residents Guide

Du Cane Court

Guidelines to flat owners

This booklet has been produced in consultation with the Residents Association and the Freeholders, Dorrington Belgravia Limited. It is intended to offer assistance and guidance on a number of areas likely to concern residents at Du Cane Court. The aim is to ensure that the building is run in the most efficient manner for the safety and collective benefit of everyone.

Du Cane Court Guide for owners and tenants October 2015

Includes;
1. Whom to contact
2. Selling, Sub-letting, building alterations
3. Accounting procedures & service charge
4. Key permission slips/External keys
5. Repairs to flats and alteration works
6. Building insurance
7. Nuisance and noise
8. Carpeting and wooden floors
9. Animals
10. Window dressing and laundry
11. Chute rooms/refuse collection/recycling
12. Security
13. Skips
14. Parking & Bicycle storage
15. TV Aerials & Sattelite dishes
16. In case of fire!
17. Lifts
18. Service lift
19. Boilers
20. Pest control
21. Gardens
22. Contractor guidelines
23. Plumbing liabilities
24. Insurance and liabilities
25. Freeholder policy on rent collection
26. In-house plumber
27. Du Cane Court Floor Plan
28. Additional information (council tax, water rates, electricity supply, etc)
29. Water hygiene