The London Borough of Lambeth has given the go ahead for two estate regeneration projects to create more than 354 new and replacement homes in the borough.
The two planning applications, led by Tibbalds CampbellReith, are the front-runners in the ambitious Estate Regeneration programme being brought forward by Homes for Lambeth on behalf of Lambeth Council.
Both schemes have been led by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design as lead consultant, planning consultant and design team lead; working with CPC Project Services as development manager and employer’s agent. The multidisciplinary design team has been working collaboratively across these estates since spring 2016, bringing forward design-led schemes developed through close working with estate residents and neighbours.
The focus of the schemes is on providing high quality new homes for existing and new residents, with the main driver being delivering as many affordable homes as is financially achievable. Other important considerations include making sure the properties are highly energy-efficient and low cost in use, and creating inclusive improved open spaces, streets and play opportunities for all residents.
Across both projects engagement with the local community has been led by specialist Make:Good, which has coordinated resident engagement panels as well as a programme of more informal meetings and drop ins, newsletters and updates.
- The approved Westbury Estate (CGI image above) outline planning application proposes up to 334 homes in total, of which 270 are new and replacement mixed-tenure homes for existing residents including 89 homes that will be lost to make way for a masterplan that creates a legible framework of new streets, spaces and connections. The masterplan covers nine buildings that form four new urban blocks, together with a 10-storey tower. Metropolitan Workshop is masterplanner for the scheme as a whole, also working collaboratively on the architecture with Macreannor Lavington across the seven buildings within this application. Camlins is the landscape architects creating high quality new streets and intensified and accessible open spaces. Campbell Reith has provided engineering expertise to the team working alongside TGA Consulting on services and M&E. The energy consultant is Warm.
- New development at Knights Walk on the Cotton Gardens Estate will deliver 84 mixed-tenure homes, 14 of which are for existing residents. The design of the scheme is in two phases, the first phase sits between Knights Walk and Renfrew Road creating an inviting and clear set of routes for residents and passers-by. The second phase looks to complete a new urban block that bridges between the more historic context to the north and the highly regarded Cotton Gardens Estate to the south-west and reaches seven storeys along Kennington Lane. The new buildings step carefully along their length to create a varied building frontage that supports interaction along Knights Walk and makes the most of the open views towards the park and play space. Mæ is the architect for the scheme working with Dally Henderson as landscape architect, Campbell Reith as engineer, TGA Consulting on services and M&E, and Etude as energy consultant.
Cllr Paul McGlone, Lambeth Council’s Deputy Leader (Investment and Partnerships), said: “I’m pleased that planning permission has been given for the rebuilding of the Knight’s Walk and Westbury estates, providing a new home for every council tenant and additional council-rent homes for local families as part of our commitment to tackling Lambeth’s housing crisis.
“We are delivering on our guarantees to existing tenants and resident leaseholders to provide them with a new home built to the highest standard on their estate — and the overall scheme will provide dozens of new, genuinely affordable homes for local people.”
Hilary Satchwell, Director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, added: “Above all these plans have been developed to provide better housing for the estate’s existing residents as well as opportunities for more people on the Council’s waiting lists to move into new homes.
“We have focussed on working closely with the local community and using the principles of good design to create proposals that will deliver high quality, mixed tenure homes on public land for the long term. The team’s coordinated approach has helped secure planning approval in good time and we will be continuing to support Homes for Lambeth in moving the schemes forward to delivery on site.”