Built over 28.5 hectares and home to 7,500 people, the existing Aylesbury Estate was an attempt by 1960s planners to rehouse some of London's poorest households. Following a long period of decline, this scheme represents the first new housing to be built on the estate in nearly 50 years and aims to act as an exemplar for future development.
Levitt Bernstein were commissioned in 2006 by Southwark Council to develop proposals for the southwest corner and were novated to the developer, London & Quadrant, in 2007. LBA's proposals have kick started the regeneration process, with site A completed in March 2011, site C completed earlier this year and sites B and D currently on site.
Phase 1A provides 260 new homes, a landmark community building, a small run of shops and a range of new streets and public spaces. The scheme provides a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes, evenly split across affordable rent, intermediate and private tenures and at a density close to 700hr/ha, which almost doubles that currently on the site. This is achieved in 6 new buildings, ranging in height from 2 to 10 storeys, which have been designed to create a series of safe, distinctive and sustainable neighbourhoods, characterised by a legibility and permeability that the existing estate has demonstrably lacked.
Homes have been designed in consultation with residents, to larger space standards than usual with access to a variety of private outdoor spaces, including gardens, balconies and private courtyards. High levels of sustainable design have also been achieved, with all homes being dual aspect, ensuring high levels of natural daylight and ventilation. All homes achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and are heated via a communal heating system fed either from a CHP or biomass boiler.