AMBITIOUS plans to transform three crumbling 1960s tower blocks into dramatic beacons of green technology are set to be rubber-stamped this month.
Giant solar panels will be installed on the towers of the Edward Woods estate, running the length of their 22 storeys, with two nine-metre wind turbines added to each roof.
And four penthouse flats will be built on the top of each block in underused common rooms and vacant roof space, with private owners sharing lifts with council tenants on lower floors.
Emergency measures had to be put in place after masonry began falling from one of the ageing blocks, which hold more than 500 homes and form a landmark to the east of Shepherd's Bush.
Norland, Poynter and Stebbing Houses will now each have their old brickwork stripped away and be re-clad in new material which will offer better insulation and help slash tenants' fuel bills by at least one quarter.
And it is hoped that cash from the sale of the £675,000 two-bedroom penthouses will help pay for the rest of the £14million project.
Mark Elton, who designed the scheme for ECD Architects, said: "There are new buildings to the north, there's newly-built Westfield on the other side of the road and these towers have become the poorer cousin in the area.
"The ambition is to create a flagship example of integrated renewable energy generation in the towers. It's bigger than anything else that is going on, certainly in London."
Tenants say work is long overdue, but some question the wisdom of building expensive penthouse flats.
Norland House resident Angela Valent said the scheme would be 'preposterous', because the occupants would not want to have to share the three lifts, which are often out of order.
"They stink and they're full of rubbish - to pay more than half a million pounds to go in that lift, you'd have to be bonkers," she said.
"There should be more social housing up there. These people are not going to associate with us normal mortals. They don't want to mix with us and we don't want toffs living on top of us."
She added: "The cladding is not as important as the landings, stairways and communal areas, which haven't been touched since the tower was built in 1966. It hasn't been cleaned or painted and it's falling apart."
Mr Elton said the penthouse flats will be built to appeal to people with active lifestyles who enjoy the convenient location.
"The value of the property will always be tempered by the fact that it is sat on top of a local authority tower block," said Mr Elton.
"They're going to be fairly nice flats with lots of ecocredentials, but they've got to appeal to a certain type of person."
Hammersmith and Fulham Council will decide on July 13 whether to allow the plans. Work would start in October and last around 18 months.