Beechwood West in Basildon granted planning permission

Planning Permission Granted on Custom-Build homes that provide personalised living at a price that won’t break the bank.

At Beechwood West, Swan Housing Association’s landmark regeneration of the Craylands Estate, Pollard Thomas Edwards has created a uniquely customisable new neighbourhood to cross-subsidise the wider regeneration of this 1960’s housing estate in Basildon.

Alongside development partners Basildon Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, Swan and PTE have responded to the government’s new custom-build and self-build initiatives to design 251 new homes that residents can personalise to their own requirements and tastes, creating a unique home that they have helped to design. The new homes will be pre-constructed in a factory close to the site, providing a high quality finish, extensive environmental benefits and saving on construction time.

Carl Vann, Partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards commented

“This is a fantastic opportunity, not only to regenerate a tired estate, but also to provide something really unique: genuinely customisable new homes at an affordable price.”

PTE wins Finsbury Leisure Centre design competition

Pollard Thomas Edwards has won a design competition for a new £49 million mixed-use development featuring a leisure centre in Islington, north London.

The contest, organised by the RIBA’s competitions unit, sought ‘exemplary’ ideas to redevelop a large site containing Finsbury Leisure Centre in the St Luke’s area of Islington.

Pollard Thomas Edwards was selected from a five strong shortlist that also included: Grimshaws, Hawkins\Brown, Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects; and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

The council’s Judging Panel thought that Pollard Thomas Edwards had the most creative and forward thinking ideas for the new civic building. They were also impressed by the dedication, time, and resources shown by each of the design teams. This gave the Panel an opportunity to compare a range of high quality design ideas for the site.

On announcing Pollard Thomas Edwards as the winners of the design competition, Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “Congratulations to Pollard Thomas Edwards on their competition victory.

“We look forward to working with them and the local community to create new high-quality affordable homes and improved community facilities for Finsbury residents including a new leisure centre, GP practice, and nursery.

“Like the rest of London, Islington faces a housing crisis, with a huge shortage of affordable housing. Projects such as this are another opportunity to build new council homes and help meet the housing needs of local residents.”

Teresa Borsuk, Senior Partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards, said: “It’s a real honour for Pollard Thomas Edwards to have won this competition.

“We are really delighted and are very much looking forward to working with the council and local community to deliver what will be a special combination of leisure, health, childcare facilities, and new homes for Islington, as well as a civic legacy for Finsbury. We pass the site daily with new excitement.”

PTE wins 3 Housing Design Awards

The 2016 Housing Design Awards included the first ever award to evaluate and reward schemes built at the soaring densities found in London as housing demand and land values intensify development.

The Scene in Walthamstow won the Sustainable High Density Award that was promoted by the GLA’s Sustainable Development Commission. Its chairman Baron Barker of Battle said: “New schemes regularly reach or surpass London Plan guidance for density. Many are towers, but some are intricate examples of placemaking.”

The Scene, Walthamstow – Sustainable High Density Award

The Scene, a new landmark building, delivers Walthamstow’s ambitions for town centre regeneration: a revitalised night time economy in the form of a buzzing new cinema and restaurants, a mix of housing to return residents to the town centre and a memorable building announcing the entrance to a new public plaza, which sits at the head of Europe’s longest linear outdoor street market.

David Orr, Chief Executive at National Housing Federation said “The Scene shows that putting the right homes in the right places can be part of something much bigger, sparking new life into communities and bringing in additional investment.”

Click here to watch The Scene, Walthamstow film made by Living Projects

OWCH, Barnet – HAPPI Project Award

The members of OWCH have been working together for 18 years, pioneering the idea of a cohousing community for women in later life. A collaborative design process led by PTE gave the group the tools to participate fully in the design of their future homes on a site in Barnet owned by Hanover.

The development of 25 sustainable homes around shared facilities and communal gardens gives every home a sunny outlook and private outdoor space, and the group an intentional, mutually supportive community.

Shirley Meredeen, 84, OWCH co-founder, said “It’s never been done before, and we will be completely running it ourselves. We are making history, and we are extremely proud. We are not going to be a little ghetto of older people, we want to be good neighbours.”

North West Cambridge Lots M1&M2 – Project Award

North West Cambridge is undoubtedly the most ambitious and significant expansion of the City of Cambridge in the post Victorian era. 247 new Code 5 homes will form the gateway to the new Ridgeway Village, part of the University of Cambridge’s £1billion urban extension.

Pollard Thomas Edwards, working in collaboration with Alison Brooks Architects, have set out to provide “a 21st century equivalent of period homes” – with generous rooms that can be assigned flexible functions, extensive storage, high ceilings and double height spaces. Our proposals reinforce the University’s vision for a sustainable, long lasting and ambitious community.

The masterplan reinforces a sense of place, inspired by the historic city, where character has built up incrementally over time. A sequence of fine-grained streets and open spaces connect a series of distinctive residential areas to the wider urban extension, its neighbourhood parks and the local centre.

The Avenue wins a RIBA National Award

Judges’ citation: The Avenue represents the best of new housing developments: a committed client, a skilled architect, and a site with a fabulous mature landscape.

The lack of a pattern book of designs meant the architect was able to develop its own kit of parts, without reducing individuality or variety across the scheme. The palette of materials is traditional but the detailing is modern and crisp.

The housing off the main avenue forms a series of courtyards that strike a clever mix of coherence and community for the owners. This is a great lesson in defensible space without the requirement for any signage – simple and successful urban design in action.

The national winners will now go on to be considered for the Stirling Prize – the biggest prize in UK architecture. A shortlist will be announced later in the summer and the winner is set to be revealed in October.

Altered Estates: how to reconcile competing interests in estate regeneration

Estate regeneration in the spotlight

In the 1960s and 70s nearly three million homes were built by local authorities in Britain. Many of them incorporated new ideas about town planning, the design of the home, and methods of construction. It is these estates which have been – and continue to be – the main focus of subsequent major regeneration initiatives, including David Cameron’s recent declaration of action on ‘sink estates’.

The Prime Minister accuses the worst estates of ‘entrenching poverty in Britain – isolating and trapping many of our families and communities’. Like many observers he believes that non-traditional design is a significant part of the problem. Regeneration specialists know that the issues are far more complex, but most would at least agree that design can contribute to the social and economic success or failure of places.

The four architectural practices behind this report have been involved with the regeneration of housing estates for four decades – they started to advise communities and local authorities on estate improvements soon after the last concrete panel was craned into place in the mid-1970’s. Since then they have worked under successive political initiatives and funding models to improve, remodel or replace dozens of estates in London and around the UK. They have seen what works and what does not.

In response to the renewed political focus on estate regeneration, the practices have joined forces to distil their combined experience into a series of recommendations on how best to meet the challenges of today.

Whose estate is it anyway?

There has always been tension between the priority to be given to the wishes of existing residents and the potential of estates to provide a greater range of housing opportunity for the wider population, but now this has become politicised and polarised into two fiercely opposed positions.

In one corner are those who believe that housing estates belong to those who live on them and only their views should count in determining the future – and increasingly their preference is to be left alone. In the other corner are those who regard housing estates as public assets, which local authorities have a right and duty to use to meet wider needs – including the growing clamor for more homes, at affordable prices, for middle-income households. The views of both camps deserve respect.

We need to be clear about the objective of estate regeneration: is it to improve the lives of those who live on and around existing estates, or is it to make more effective use of public land to help solve the ‘housing crisis’ by creating additional homes and widening access to home ownership? With care, patience and respect we can and should be able to do both.

About the event

The presentation will cover the following topics, backed by case studies:

Appraising the options explains how a methodical and transparent process of options appraisal can assist selection of the best regeneration strategy and lay the foundations for effective community engagement.

Engaging communities sets out best practice in stakeholder engagement leading to community buy-in and avoiding top-down imposition of unpopular proposals.

Getting the design right addresses the sensitive issue of re-integration of estates into the surrounding townscape and confronts the limits of high density intensification.

Achieving sustainable outcomes looks at long-term measures of sustainability and explains why current government policies require review if unsustainable outcomes are to be avoided.

Register here.

Pollard Thomas Edwards Open Studio & Floating Cinema Boat Trips – Saturday 25 June

Pollard Thomas Edwards’ (PTE) conversion of a canal side Victorian warehouse, formally a timber yard and terrazzo mill, into spacious offices with one of the best waterside views in London. Our studios at Diespeker Wharf provide a great working environment, a local landmark and a visible expression of the practice’s ethos. Along with our neighbouring developments on City Road Basin, they show how restored historic buildings and radical new ones can stimulate economic, social and environmental regeneration.

During Open Studios PTE is collaborating with The Floating Cinema; a unique purpose built 60 ft widebeam canal boat that operates as a mobile arts venue and floating projection house; commissioned by UP Projects designed by Duggan Morris. Embark at PTE, Diespeker wharf or Granary Square, Kings X N1C and enjoy a unique floating tour through the changing local canalscape. Trip includes travelling through the historic Islington tunnel; built in 1820 and the longest navigable canal tunnel in the south east.

The Open Studios is free to attend and no booking is required. The boat trips do require booking, details below.

The Floating Cinema boat trips will depart from PTE’s offices at Diespeker Wharf OR Granary Steps, Kings X N1C (Tow path at bottom of Granary steps), Expected journey time is approx. 1.5 hours.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited, £10 per person.

Boat tour timings:

9:30am Pick up at Diespeker Wharf – 11:00am Drop of at Granary Square

11:30am Pick up at Granary Square – 1:00pm Drop of at Diespeker Wharf

1:30am Pick up at Diespeker Wharf – 3:00pm Drop of at Granary Square

3:30pm Pick up at Granary Square – 5:00pm Drop of at Diespeker Wharf

Book tickets by clicking here.

Wing masterplan, an urban extension to the east of Cambridge has been approved by the joint planning committee

Pollard Thomas Edwards’ masterplan for an urban extension to the east of Cambridge has been approved by the joint planning committee, subject to negotiating the S106 legal agreements which will secure the required infrastructure improvements and wider community benefits. Wing, a new urban village, will include 1,300 homes, a school, community facilities, workspace and shops. It will combine the best of town and country, with over a third of the site in parks, squares, gardens and woodland.

The development covers 160 acres of surplus land owned by long-established Cambridge business, the Marshall Group, which also owns the adjoining airport. The plan also includes new business space for Marshall and integrates opportunities to live and work, to meet the region’s growing demand for housing and jobs.

To ensure that Wing will be a positive legacy for the Marshall Group and PTE engaged with local stakeholders from the beginning of the design process.  Over 1,000 people attended workshops organised by the design team and The Prince’s Foundation.

The masterplan proposes a series of distinctive neighbourhoods, with landscaped streets connecting a series of parks and squares. Housing will range from large family homes to more urban apartments, including 30% affordable homes. A phased development programme establishes the new community heart – school, market square and shops – early in the programme.

Marshall Group Chief Executive, Robert Marshall said: “Wing is extremely exciting and it must be beautifully designed as well as a great place to live. For Marshall it will be our back garden and it is essential that it creates a positive legacy of which the Company, local communities and other stakeholders can be justly proud.”

Andrew Beharrell, Senior Partner of architects Pollard Thomas Edwards said: “Wing will have all the ingredients of a proper community.  It will not be just a dormitory or housing estate. The proposed new homes will be integrated with a significant range of community facilities and local shops, and residents will have ready access to new and existing employment opportunities, not least within the Marshall Group’s own businesses.”

ABS 5KM Chicken Run 2016 – Saturday 23 July

Registration for #ABSChickenRun is now open!

For the second year running, Pollard Thomas Edwards is organising the annual ABS 5km Chicken Run. Come and join us on Saturday 23 July 2016 for a 5km race from Tate Modern to Pollard Thomas Edwards’ (PTE) offices in Islington.

This is a great way for individuals, friends and family to raise funds for Architects Benevolent Society. The Society (ABS) helps members of the architectural profession of all ages, and their families, who have experienced illness, accident, redundancy, unemployment, bereavement or other difficulties.

Last year was an overwhelming success which saw 150 runners made up of individuals and teams from architectural practices all over the UK. They all helped raise over £4,000 towards the ongoing work of the Society. This year we are looking to make it even bigger, with more runners and more money being raised.

After the race PTE will host a celebration including prize giving by special guests, food, drink and music.

If you would like to take part, you can enter as an individual or as a team of 6. If you’re not a runner, we’ll need plenty of help on the day so if you can spare an hour to be a steward please let me know.

For more information about the event and to book your place, please visit the website www.abschickenrun.co.uk

Young Entrepreneurs in Property (YEP) Summer Party – Thursday 30 June

Young Entrepreneurs in Property (YEP) would like to invite you to their annual Summer Party. This year’s party is kindly hosted and organised by Pollard Thomas Edwards at their stunning converted Victorian warehouse in Islington with one of the best waterside views in London.

Tickets are £45 and include:

• Glass of prosecco on arrival
• Guest speakers to be announced…
• Food from The London Barbecue
• Beach sounds from DJ Elliot Patterson
• Beach bar serving alcoholic beverages and soft drinks sponsored by square metre
• Professional photographer and aerial drone
• Pedalos on the canal

Join other young professionals at the property networking event of the summer!

Book your place now. 

 

PTE shortlisted for 5 Housing Design Awards

The Scene, City Park West, Dover Court Estate, North West Cambridge Lots M1 & M2 and Older Women’s Cohousing shortlisted in the Housing Design Awards.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 11 July 2016.

To see all the shortlisted schemes click here.

 

The Scene Highly Commended in the RICS Awards

Over 200 delegates attended this year’s RICS Awards, London, held at The Lancaster on Wednesday 4 May. The awards — established to celebrate the inspirational initiatives across the built environment — bring people across all sectors to celebrate the capital’s most innovative projects.

The Scene in Walthamstow was Highly Commended for Regeneration and Community Benefit.

To see the full list of winner click here.

South Grove granted planning permission for 473 new homes

Pollard Thomas Edwards working on behalf of Hadley Property Group granted planning permission for 473 new homes on South Grove site in Walthamstow Town Centre. The plans will also include 2,786 square metres of new public realm and a new commercial space, which it is hoped will become a cycle café.

Mark Lebihan, Chief Operating Officer at Hadley Property Group said “We are delighted that the London Borough of Waltham Forest has decided to share our ambition to revitalise this part of Walthamstow town centre. These 473 homes, including 97 affordable homes, will be an attractive addition to the St James Street area and will be complemented by new public spaces for everyone to enjoy.”

The development will be car-free, two car club spaces will be provided alongside 788 secure cycle parking spaces. The scheme will also connect to new mini-holland cycle routes being implemented by Waltham Forest Council.

Construction is due to start in early 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Zero Carbon Hub Services Guide

The Zero Carbon Hub Services Guide, which was written and designed by PTE, was launched at Ecobuild on Tuesday 8th March. Rob Pannell, Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Hub, introduced the new guide as a result of their performance gap and ventilation research showing poor knowledge and standards of building services in homes. He offered his thanks to PTE and Head of sustainability Tom Dollard, who was author of the guide. Tom then explained the contents of the guide, concluding that it “highlighted key issues found with the performance of services, and offered solutions for project teams. I hope the guide will contribute to reducing the performance gap and improve the design and delivery of domestic building services.”

The book was the result of a long standing partnership between Pollard Thomas Edwards and the Zero Carbon Hub, and presents research and findings from the ventilation project (2013-2016), and the performance gap study of (2011-2014), assessing the housebuilding process on 27 live construction sites with 300 dwellings. These combined studies highlight significant failings of the housebuilding industry to deliver to minimum standards of part L (energy) and F (ventilation). The Services Guide aims to provide clear guidance for design and project teams to deliver to building regulations and improve performance of new homes.

The Services Guide is one of the Zero Carbon Hub’s low energy guides, including SAP untangled, Thermal Bridging guide and the Builders’ Book. The guides will be presented at the Green Register’s training sessions through April and May. All the guides are available to download for free on the Zero Carbon Hub Website: http://www.zerocarbonhub.org/full-lib

Barton Park in Oxford granted planning permission at committee

PTE and Alison Brooks Architects are working with developers Hill on the Phase 1 masterplan for Barton Park, a new sustainable neighbourhood north-east of Oxford, designed to create a self-sustaining community of 237 homes, with shops, offices and services within walking and cycling distance of all new homes.

Located at the intersection of Oxford suburbia and the surrounding countryside, Barton Park is conceived as a garden suburb designed for the 21st century, a blend of high quality urban living in harmony with its natural surroundings.

The proposed development will be the largest new residential development in Oxford and the aim for Barton Park is to build an exemplar development which provides a benchmark for future large developments in the area.

Earlier this week Barton Park was also selected as one of 10 NHS Healthy New Town demonstrator sites.

Barton councillor Van Coulter said “I have been part of this project since 2011 and I applaud it. It’s near to exemplary and I’m very pleased that there will be no distinction between the social and market housing.”

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

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