The Conning Tower, Haven Road, Sandbanks, Poole
Conning Tower flats are part of the Harbour Heights estate designed,
according to Pevsner, by AJ Seal & Partners of Bournemouth
1935 to 1938 - 'a brave and enterprising group of Early Modern
buildings', he says, though that's the most complimentary thing he
to say about them. I find the Conning Tower rather striking with its
curving balconies calling to mind the De La Warr Pavilion in
which was constructed around the same time. A slight impression of flimsiness is
perhaps the drawback here, but it's clean,
gentle and uplifting.
As well as the other Harbour Heights buildings, the modernist houses of Banks Road are just around the corner.