Erith Riverside in Bexley granted planning permission

The first housing project to be delivered within PTE’s Erith Western Gateway Masterplan provides 12 mews houses and 55 apartments overlooking the River Thames. The design overcomes flood risk, complex level changes and low property values, to set an exemplar for future development in the area.

PTE with Maccreanor Lavington prepared the original masterplan for Bexley Council in 2010, and then supported L&Q’s winning bid for the Riverside housing, which starts on site in 2016.

Congratulations to everyone who has worked on the project.

Packington Estate in Islington sets the benchmark for the Prime Minister’s pledge to transform housing estates

Located next to the Regent’s Canal on the eastern edge of Islington, Packington is being redeveloped by the Hyde Group and Rydon to designs by Pollard Thomas Edwards. 791 homes will replace the 538 originally on the site (491 will be available at sub-market rates). The new homes include 135 three, four, five and six bed houses.

The project is seen as an exemplar of estate regeneration with its tenure-blind apartments, a focus on family housing, its location of social-rented homes on the prime canal frontage, and careful integration into its surroundings. Residents were closely involved in the choice of development team and the evolution of the design.

The scheme aims to reintegrate the old estate into the surrounding area by reinstating the pattern of Victorian streets and elegant squares typical to Islington. Towards the borders of the neighbourhood, family houses with private gardens blend seamlessly with the surrounding original housing stock: the inclusion in PTE’s masterplan of a high proportion of proper family houses has been a key factor in the success of the scheme.

Hyde’s recent report, with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities, Estate regeneration – six steps to success, explores this approach more fully, focusing on the Packington Estate as an example of successful estate regeneration.

David Lunts, GLA Executive Director of Housing and Land, said: “The Packington Estate is a shining example of how we can all work together to get everything right, from resident involvement through to building design. In an ever changing city, like London, it’s crucial that we continue to work in partnership to provide much needed, high quality housing.”

The Scene and Virido win at the What House? Awards 2015

Now in its 34th year, the What House? Awards are one of the most prestigious events in the housebuilding calendar and attract some 1,700 industry professionals. Gold, Silver and Bronze winners were announced in 20 categories.

The Scene, Walthamstow

— What House? Award: Best Development Gold Award
— What House? Award: Best Brownfield Development Gold Award
— What House? Award: Best Partnership Silver Award

Virido Concept House, Cambridge

— What House? Award: Best Sustainable Development Silver Award

Pollard Thomas Edwards and Alison Brooks win planning for North West Cambridge

Planning consent has been granted for the first phase of new market housing on the North West Cambridge Development between the University of Cambridge and top 20 UK housebuilder, Hill. The first phase of development will provide 240 new homes for private sale.

The local authorities support for the scheme came in the same week that industry experts praised the North West Cambridge Development in a series of achievements for the Project.  Winner of the Award for Housing Growth (1750 homes or more) at the 2015 Planning Awards, the judges praised the scheme saying “the University’s commitment to high levels of affordable housing, exemplary sustainability credentials and investment in community infrastructure make this a worthy winner.”  Additionally, the development’s sustainability credentials were supported through the international Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz said: “North West Cambridge Development will contribute to the long-term success of the City and the University. The partnership working with the local authorities and developers, alongside the commendation from the industry professionals, is a positive endorsement that the project will deliver real benefit for the good of our community.”

Andy Hill, Chief Executive of Hill, said: “We are really pleased that the North West Cambridge site is moving forward – this new phase offers great family homes and pioneering design, which is exactly what Cambridge needs as it continues to grow in the years ahead. Providing more new homes will help to ensure that local families and those who work in our growing science sector are able to live close to the centre of Cambridge.

“The new homes at the site will be highly sustainable and offer great living spaces, thanks to the excellent design team working on the project. We are now starting to see the foundations of a new community take shape at North West Cambridge and we are keen to get started on this latest stage of the development.”

Supurbia and Semi-permissive PechaKucha at the NLA

HTA Design LLP and Pollard Thomas Edwards invite you to an evening reception powered by PechaKucha to coincide with the NLA New Ideas for Housing London competition, exhibition and insight study. Supurbia is the title of HTA’s winning entry to the competition. It’s an idea for neighbourhood based framework allowing householders to create new high quality housing and more sustainable neighbourhoods by exploiting the asset value of their increasingly valuable suburban plots. Semi-permissive is Pollard Thomas Edwards’ exhibited idea for similarly allowing householders the freedom to become micro-developers by relaxing permitted development rights in accessible areas so as to stimulate suburban intensification.

The evening will be opened by David Lunts (Executive Director, Housing and Land, Greater London Authority) who will explain why this thinking is a relevant contribution to the debate about housing supply in the capital.

MONDAY 16th NOVEMBER 6-9pm
NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS
Mark Lucas, London Borough of Redbridge
Ben Derbyshire, HTA Design LLP
Andrew Beharrell, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Scott Adams, HTA Design LLP
Yolande Barnes, Savills
Pauline Roberts, Nathaniel Litchfield & Partners
Riette Oosthuizen, HTA Design LLP
Marc Vlessing, Pocket Living

REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL as places are strictly limited. RSVP tim.metcalfe@ptea.co.uk

Manor Place Depot in Southwark granted planning permission

Manor Place Depot has been granted unanimous planning permission.

This development showcases PTE’s skills at ‘visible mending’ of the urban fabric, mixing 270 new homes with a range of employment and community spaces. A new urban quarter is created on a redundant depot site, incorporating a railway viaduct and restored heritage buildings. The former Bathing Hall, Coroner’s Court and the railway arches are all converted into workspace and apartments.

The complex and previously impenetrable site is reconnected with the surrounding streets, allowing public circulation through the site and convenient access to local transport and Walworth High Street shops. Pedestrian and cycle routes alongside the arches contribute to Southwark’s aspirational ‘low-line’ link to the river. The landscape strategy reinforces these connections and provides a variety of shared surfaces and open spaces, including three play areas for young children.

Packington Estate – Future of London site visit, delivering estate renewal

Packington Estate was the focus of a Future for London event, Delivering Estate Renewal on Thursday 15 October. This event gave planners and developers the opportunity to see and discuss this highly acclaimed scheme in Islington, which will be completed in 2018.

Located next to the Regent’s Canal on the eastern edge of Islington, Packington is being redeveloped with 791 homes to replace the 538 originally on the site (491 will be available at sub-market rates). The new homes include 135 three, four, five and six bed houses. The project is seen as a shining example of estate regeneration with its tenure-blind apartments, a focus on family housing, its location of social-rented units by the canal, and careful integration into its heritage surroundings.

David Lunts, Chair of Future for London and GLA Executive Director of Housing and Land, said: “The Packington Estate is a shining example of how we can all work together to get everything right, from resident involvement through to building design. In an ever changing city, like London, it’s crucial that we continue to work in partnership to provide much needed, high quality housing.”

David Gannicott, Hyde’s Group Business Development Director, said: “Developing innovative partnerships with local authorities to deliver housing is now more important than ever. Hyde believe it is essential to lead the way with solutions that ensure residents are given a real voice in transforming where they live.”

This event follows on from the launch of “Estate regeneration – six steps to success”, a report by the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and the Hyde Group to explore the successful delivery of estate regeneration. It focuses on the Packington Estate as an example of successful estate regeneration.

Mark Mitchener, Managing Director of Rydon Construction, added: “Packington demonstrates how resident-led consultation is driving the regeneration of this part of Islington into a thriving community of high quality new homes and facilities, as well as providing economic and training opportunities for local people. We are proud to continue this long-standing partnership with Hyde and our delivery partners.”

Chobham Farm Zone 4 in Newham granted planning permission

Pollard Thomas Edward’s scheme for Zone 4 of the former Chobham Farm, won unanimous planning approval from the London Borough of Newham on 28 September 2015. Close to Westfield in the post-Olympic regeneration area, Zone 4 delivers 471 new mixed tenure homes, commercial spaces and a nursery. PTE designed the homes as a contemporary reinterpretation of the London ‘mansion block’, wrapped around a sequence of squares and courtyards.

Located between the East Village and Stratford new town, Chobham Farm was designed as a great place for families. PTE’s masterplan will deliver over 1,000 new homes, threaded through with parklands and with easy access to the Queen Elizabeth Park and Olympic Village facilities. The first phase of Prospect East is currently under construction, with completion of the 173 new homes, commercial spaces and parks expected by summer 2016.

ALMA Estate in Enfield granted planning permission

Plans to build nearly 1000 new homes at the former Alma Estate in Enfield have been given the go ahead. Enfield Council has approved Countryside’s proposals to regenerate the post-war housing estate by building 993 new homes along with shops, a gym, medical centre and community facilities. The project is the borough’s largest housing estate renewal scheme and it will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the Ponders End area.

Richard Cherry, CEO Partnerships at Countryside comments: “It is great news that these plans, developed with our architect Pollard Thomas Edwards and planning consultant Terence O’Rourke, have now been approved.  We look forward to working with our partners Enfield Council and Newlon Housing Trust to deliver new housing and significant improvements to this area. Our vision is for a development with a strong sense of community where people will be proud to live and that will stand the test of time for generations to come.”

The new development will include homes in a range of sizes and tenures including private sale, council rented homes and shared ownership homes to be available through Newlon Housing Trust. The vision is to create a sought-after place to live, with aspirational homes located close to the high performing local schools, new community facilities and good transport connections by road and rail.  The proposals include the development of Station Square at Ponders End railway station, creating a new gateway into Ponders End and transforming the area.

Zero Carbon Hub’s Builder’s Book

The Zero Carbon Hub has created an informative guide house builders that promotes good craftsmanship and highlights key construction details when building a new home. Aimed at on site personnel, this new “Builders’ Book” will improve quality of the homes by identifying, and recommending solutions to, the most common construction issues which may lead to poor performance, loss of comfort, and increased energy bills in new build homes.

Using real world examples gathered from numerous inspections of multiple buildings sites across the country, the Builders’ Book uses simple to understand diagrams, icons and summaries to help builders improve site processes and deliver better performing homes while also reducing a number of potential risks such as mould growth, condensation and excessive heat loss.

The Zero Carbon Hub’s Builder’s Book, produced alongside CITB, Pollard Thomas Edwards and LABC, will help close the ‘energy performance gap’ in new build homes by identifying and recommending solutions to the most common construction problems.

The Builders’ Book can be downloaded for free at the following link.

The Avenue wins at the Housing Design Awards

The Avenue, on part of The Friends’ School site in Saffron Walden, creates 76 new homes tucked around heritage buildings and an avenue of mature lime trees. The residential development helped fund a new junior school and improvements to the main school building.  The homes range from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom detached houses, including 25% affordable housing and 18 flats and small houses specifically designed for the over-55 market.

Richard McCarthy, Director General for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities commented: “Saffron Walden is one of England’s most beautiful market towns and the design of ‘The Avenue’ uses this existing context to brilliant effect. This is exactly the kind of scheme that challenges identikit houses by showing how to do something more contextual.”

Teresa Borsuk on The Bartlett Summer Show 2015

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Teresa Borsuk of Pollard Thomas Edwards shares her insights on The Bartlett Summer Show 2015.

Virido and Thames View East win at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards

Virido – Best Eco-living award

Virido – Latin for ‘becoming green’ – will be one of the country’s largest zero carbon communities, and is an innovative joint venture between developers Hill and Cambridge City Council. As one of the UK’s innovation and technology hubs, Cambridge is determined to be at the forefront of the sustainability agenda. Half of Virido’s 208 new homes will be affordable homes managed by the council, ranging from one-bedroom flats to four bedroom family houses.

Thames View East – Best Affordable Development

The redevelopment of Thames View East provides 276 high quality affordable homes, achieved without grantfunding or cross-subsidy, using a new private investment model.

 

Ellesmere House Care Home in Chelsea – Kate’s story

Follow Kate, the daughter of a resident at Ellesmere House care home in Chelsea, as she meets with staff and residents to learn about the active and independent approach to care at the home.

Ellesmere House is a 60-bed elderly people’s home and day centre arranged around courtyard gardens off the Fulham Road in Chelsea, and financed by private flats on the street frontage.

A glazed foyer linking the street with the lower-ground courtyard garden and the mature trees beyond orientates visitors as they arrive. From here an internal street which gives access to the day centre facilities looks down over the courtyard garden through curved, coloured glazing. The lower-ground floor rooms have French windows onto the secure garden, which has been designed as a space where those with dementia can wander safely. The ground floor opens onto a contemplation garden centred on mature trees, while rooms on the upper floors have views of both gardens and the neighbouring Chelsea rooftops.

Care UK is the UK’s largest independent provider of health and social care www.careuk.com

Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge film

The start of 2012 saw the Deptford Lounge open its doors to the public and students – a new community hub designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards, which includes a school building, a library, community learning facilities, council services, work studios and affordable housing, all in a single venue. The Lounge is the centrepiece of a five-year programme led by Lewisham Council which will transform Deptford town centre. Here we revisit the project 3 years on.

RIBA London Open Studios as part of the London Festival of Architecture

Open Studios is part of the city-wide programme of events in the London Festival of Architecture. The weekend event provided unprecedented access to architects’ studios across London. Based on the theme Work in Progress, each practice offered their own curated programme.

PTE’s Open Studio focused on one of our strengths: engagement and collaboration. We:
– showed people what we’ve done in the past
– played with some of our existing tools and techniques
– tested new media to broaden participation using Commonplace.

Commonplace is a web-based platform, dedicated to widening public engagement. Our brief to Commonplace was two-fold:

– use the PTE premises as a way to test the app, engage our staff and collate a brief for exterior and courtyard improvements
– demonstrate the app to the public, focussing on the Regent’s Canal towpath and surrounding area.

Tell us what you do and don’t like about our space (and its surroundings) and be part of a conversation about this special part of London. pte.commonplace.is

We also welcomed #1:1 to Diespeker  cargocollective.com/1to1

St George’s Primary School in Lewisham granted planning permission

Lewisham Council unanimously approved planning for PTE’s expansion of St George’s Church of England Primary School.  Councillors complimented the design as a “very logical approach to the site”.

The Forest Hill site currently houses a 1-form entry school and nursery in an assortment of buildings from the 1950s onwards.  A park next door, mature trees and the school’s vision for 2-form entry with flexible indoor/outdoor spaces informed the layout of new and refurbished buildings, around a sequence of outdoor areas.

A new two-storey addition to the existing L-shaped main building becomes the school hub, framing a new outdoor learning courtyard.  With its vertical timber cladding, the double-height sports and assembly hall creates a distinctive street-front feature and clearly signals the school’s new entrance. The new hall, remodelled reception and old hall are carefully designed to allow secure community access outside of school hours.

Behind the new hall, two storeys of teaching spaces open onto the new courtyard or a south-facing outdoor learning space.  The teaching spaces reflect the vision for ‘visible learning’, with an emphasis on a flexible approach to the flow of spaces.

PTE’s scheme allows the school to function throughout construction.  The new Foundation Unit will open in January 2016, with the overall scheme completed by September 2016.

LLDC approves Hackney Wick development

Pollard Thomas Edwards achieves planning permission for new creative studios next to Hackney Wick station

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has resolved to grant planning permission for a major mixed-use development with connections to Hackney Wick station and across the canal to the Queen Elizabeth Park.

The development is the latest in a series of joint ventures between PTE Property (the development arm of Pollard Thomas Edwards) and Groveworld Limited. It will be the first step in the creation of a new Neighbourhood Centre for Hackney Wick being promoted by the LLDC to encourage a greater diversity and intensity of use in an area characterised by factories and warehouses – many of them now in temporary use as artists’ studios. The development includes a new route to the station and will connect into a network of streets and yards.

PTE’s proposals include around 50,000 sq ft of creative studios, local shops, a restaurant and gallery. The developer is working with managed workspace provider Cell Studios to let the workspace at subsidised rents to artists and other cultural and creative businesses. Some of these will occupy a restored and converted existing factory building.  Above the studios will be 120 new apartments, including large open-plan lofts.

The design takes its cue from the area’s industrial heritage and features robust brickwork, decorative metal screens and a roofscape modelled on north-lit factories.

The development team is comprised of:

  • East London Regeneration (Wallis South) Ltd – a joint venture between property developers and investors Groveworld and PTE Property
  • Pollard Thomas Edwards – architects
  • Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners – planning consultants

Construction of the scheme could start in early 2016, with completion expected in 2018.

Open City – Architecture in Schools

PTE were happy to welcome Year 5 from Laycock Primary School to our offices as part of our ongoing involvement with Open City’s Architecture in Schools Primary programme.

They were able to explore many different parts of Diespeker Wharf, discovering the history of the building. During the day they had a go at drawing plans and sections, measuring the basement and guessing which materials were from the original building and which were new.

The session was the beginning of the annual Open City Primary Schools competition, which the kids are taking part in. The competition asks them to design urban homes for birds, bees and bugs, and so the session we carried out was both an introduction to architecture, and aimed at giving them a basic ‘toolkit’ of skills that they will hopefully go on to use in their competition entries.

Open City – Architecture in Schools

Architecture and the built environment is something that has an impact on all our daily lives but it is the one thing we generally don’t learn about through formal education.

Engaging young people directly with their built environment and giving them the opportunity to propose their own ideas through creative challenges is an enlightening way to inspire them about the world around them.

Superdensity: the Sequel

Is London becoming a victim of its own success, meeting demand by sacrificing the very distinctiveness which makes people want to live and work here?

Since our four architectural practices came together to publish the first Superdensity report in 2007 (Recommendations for Living at Superdensity) many of its recommendations have become accepted best practice. However, the intensity of development in London continues to increase, in some cases way beyond the densities envisaged in our earlier study, and as such we feel it is time to both restate those principles and air emerging concerns. The proliferation of tall towers is one controversial aspect of this trend, but not the only one.

We are concerned about the immediate social and environmental impacts of very dense developments and their long-term sustainability. We also observe that this new superdensity – which we’ve dubbed hyperdensity when it’s over 350 homes or dwellings per hectare – derives, not from London’s distinctive and popular urban forms, but from global development patterns. We may well ask, is London becoming a victim of its own success, meeting demand by sacrificing the very distinctiveness which makes people want to live and work here?

Though the rash of tall towers is a concern, this report is not another campaign against those per se – that genie is out of the bottle. Rather, it gives positive guidance on how to combine ambitious densities with popular and familiar urban forms.

Building on our first report, through a series of essays and case studies, we show that it is possible to create successful places based around streets and a variety of urban typologies, including houses and medium-rise apartment blocks, as well as some carefully integrated taller buildings.

Click here to download the report.

www.superdensity.co.uk

ABS 5km Chicken Run 2015 – Saturday 15 August

Come and join us on Saturday 15 August for the annual charity ‘Chicken Run’, a 5km race from Tate Modern to Pollard Thomas Edwards’ (PTE) offices in Islington. After the race PTE will host a celebration including prize giving by special guests, food, drink and music. All proceeds will be used to assist over 600 people of all ages who receive help from the ABS.

Registration: 12noon at the starting point.
Starting point: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Race start time: 1pm
Finish: Pollard Thomas Edwards
Diespeker Wharf, 38 Graham Street, London N1 8JX

Note: Chicken outfits not compulsory

For further information and to sign up please visit the website www.abschickenrun.co.uk 

The race can be done as an individual or as a team of 6 people.

Three Lewisham infill sites granted planning permission

Longfield Crescent and Dacre North have been granted planning permission unanimously at committee and Dacre South last month under delegated powers. The proposals provide 52 new affordable flats and family houses and 5 private houses on constrained infill sites within existing estates.

Profit from the market properties will provide additional funds for affordable homes and landscaping improvements to the estates. The schemes are part of Phase 2 of the ‘New Homes Better Places’ programme, a joint initiative between Lewisham Council and Lewisham Homes to provide 500 new council homes in the borough by 2018.

King Square Estate in Islington granted planning permission

After 2 years of extensive consultation and collaboration with residents, King Square Estate has been granted planning permission by a unanimous vote at the Islington planning committee.

In 2013 PTE won a competition for Islington to regenerate King Square estate. The scheme provides 140 new homes, 70% of which are affordable, a refurbished nursery and a new community facility on constrained in-fill sites within the existing estate. Receipts from the sale of 42 private market sale apartments will provide funding for £2m of estate improvements and £8m for the construction of a new primary school on Moreland Street. The construction of Phase 1 is due to start in Jan 2016.

The Avenue shortlisted in the Building Awards – Housing Project of the Year

The Building Awards, now in their 21st year, are widely recognised as the sector’s most prestigious awards for excellence.

Clusters of new homes designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) on the edge of picturesque market town Saffron Walden reflect local traditions and settle into the mature landscape and surrounding conservation area.

The Avenue creates 76 new mixed tenure homes ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom detached houses. Friends’ School selected Hill and PTE through a competitive process to deliver a viable residential development on part of their school site to fund a new junior school and improvements to their existing main school building.

The scheme responds sensitively to its mature landscaped context. It creates a series of character areas which reflect the pattern and character of the neighbouring townscape and also maintains and enhances the intrinsic qualities of the site. The heart of the scheme is a retained avenue of mature lime trees.

The challenge was to create, by suburban standards, quite a dense development to achieve a financially viable scheme. The Avenue has achieved the commercial objectives and the required density, yet still created a sense of individuality for each home.

Teresa Borsuk crowned AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2015

Pollard Thomas Edward senior partner Teresa Borsuk has won this year’s Woman Architect of the Year Award.

Teresa was recognised for her ‘remarkable’ contribution to improving equality within her practice. Through her leadership, the number of women on the AJ100 firm’s staff has grown to more than 50 per cent.

Judges felt the support she gives to women in her firm made her a role model for future generations.

Women in Architecture judge Moira Gemmill, said: ‘This was the category which took the longest to conclude but we have a worthy winner. She has produced some really great work – and lots of it. I’m amazed at the output. Under her leadership in the practice the staff gender split is 50:50 and that is pretty remarkable in any architecture practice.’

Barbara Weiss, founder, Barbara Weiss Architects, said: ‘Teresa Borsuk has always been a role model, supporter and friend.  From my first meeting with her in the early 90s I was struck by her professionalism, her generosity towards others, and her ability to do things differently.  Her large practice, with its weekly communal meals, and very open canal-side office, has always been inspirational;  so much careful thought has obviously gone into creating an environment where people are happy to work and to collaborate.  Teresa’s acceptance speech reflected very much her self-effacing nature, her belief in team-work, and her great leadership skills.  Many generations of women architects can count themselves lucky for having been trained by her.’

Ceres, CB1 wins Cambridge Design and Construction Award – Best New Building

The Cambridge Design and Construction Awards are given annually, and there are four categories for entries:

Best New Building – small (under £1m construction costs), Best New Building – large (over £1m construction costs), Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building and New Neighbourhoods (awarded once every three years starting in 2014).

Four new apartment buildings mark an important position in Cambridge’s regenerating station district.  Ceres, designed by award-winning architects Pollard Thomas Edwards for developers Hill, is the newest stage of CB1, Cambridge City Council’s masterplan for the conservation area south of the city.

The regenerating district replaces formerly declining brown-fields areas with a vibrant living and working district, anchored by new open spaces and walkways. At the edges of the scheme, the Victorian station building and nearby Foster’s Mill and Silo are the few remnants of the area’s heritage. The design challenge for Ceres was to create a complementary setting for the heritage buildings and new open spaces.

The Avenue wins a Placemaking Commendation – Design Excellence

The Placemaking Awards were set up to recognise excellence in the planning and delivery of placemaking initiatives across the country.

The Design Excellence award is given to a  project that can best demonstrate how it has used high quality design to improve a place or create excellent prospects for improvement, whether by improving the local built environment, attracting investment, improving people’s self-esteem, raising the design standards of other local schemes, or by some other factor.

The scheme responds sensitively to its mature landscaped context. It creates a series of character areas which reflect the pattern and character of the neighbouring townscape and also maintains and enhances the intrinsic qualities of the site. The heart of the scheme is a retained avenue of mature lime trees.

 

Chelmsford City Park West and One Woolwich finalists in the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015

Chelmsford City Park West and One Woolwich finalists in the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015 – Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing.

The RTPI represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards. The Awards for Planning Excellence have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognise planning excellence.

Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“The shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. The 80 finalists highlight exceptional examples of planning that have made an impact and brought considerable benefits. It will be a tremendous challenge picking individual category winners from such a high quality field.”

Projects on the shortlist have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems.

 

 

Featherstone Lodge granted planning permission

Featherstone Lodge is a late nineteenth century detached house in Forest Hill used until recently as a drug rehabilitation centre. The site was purchased by retirement housing provider Hanover when they were approached by local residents who had formed a cohousing group after a previous development proposal for the site fell through.

With beautiful views, a 9m fall across the site and some fine mature trees, Featherstone Lodge represents a very unusual opportunity to make an architecturally striking new development among the trees that will enhance the setting of the converted lodge.

Our design has been developed in collaboration with the co-housing group members as the result of a series of design workshops exploring their aspirations for the character and layout of the site.

The final proposals are for the existing lodge to be converted into self-contained flats with communal facilities. Five new cottages will be arranged around the gardens surrounding the lodge and there will be 18 one- and two-bedroom flats in the lower gardens. Two new houses will also be built on the site of the former gatehouse.

All the homes will look onto shared gardens incorporating the retained mature trees and have access to a range of communal amenities.

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