New life for 3 council estates

Thursday 19 Sep 2013

Pollard Thomas Edwards architects win £269m Woolwich regeneration scheme

Pollard Thomas Edwards architects (PTEa) is working with Lovell on a £269m project to redevelop three former Woolwich council estates for the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The three estates, built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, have come to the end of their natural lives and there is a need for comprehensive redevelopment.

The project, in partnership with Asra Housing Group, will see the demolition and redevelopment of the 1,064-home Connaught, Morris Walk and Maryon Grove estates and their replacement with 1,500 new mixed tenure homes including large family houses, mews houses and courtyard apartments. Both mid-rise mansion blocks and higher rise blocks will take advantage of long-distance views to the Thames.

The new neighbourhoods will include around 35% affordable and shared ownership homes transforming what are essentially mono-tenure estates into mixed and balanced communities. The scheme will also create clearly defined public and private green spaces: private back gardens for family houses and a series of parkland arteries connecting the surrounding neighbourhoods.

PTEa’s proposals will provide a high quality solution which seamlessly integrates each of the former estates with their immediate neighbourhoods to create a strong sense of place and a specific and identifiable character - ‘One Woolwich’.

Director, Carl Vann said: "We are delighted to be working with Lovells on such a significant and much needed regeneration project. Our approach is to mend and regenerate neighbourhoods through careful planning and the addition of contemporary new homes and infrastructure - ensuring we speak directly to the communities involved."

Construction work on the 13-year programme for the three estates, which occupy around 12ha, should start in May 2014 following an extensive stakeholder consultation programme and planning permission.

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