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PTE wins architectural competition to create catalyst building in Basildon Town Centre

Inspired by the neighbouring ceramic murals which depict the original spirit of new town design, PTE's plans for East Square are the first component of an ambitious masterplan to regenerate and densify the town centre.

PTE has been chosen by Basildon Borough Council to deliver the council’s aspiration to introduce a daytime and evening leisure, entertainment and food offer in the town centre. This proposal includes: a 10-screen multiplex cinema, six new restaurants; and upgrades the setting of an important civic space which is bordered by the grade II listed Brooke House by Sir Basil Spence and Anthony Davies.

This project win follows PTE’s successful mixed-use development, The Scene, which recently reintroduced a cinema, restaurants and new homes to Walthamstow town centre. It also follows the successful planning permission for the nearby Laindon Town Centre regeneration – a fully modular, cross-laminated timber high street and residential neighbourhood in collaboration with C.F. Møller.

Carl Vann, Partner at PTE said: “Regenerating East Square and introducing new uses will create the outward ripple effect intended by the Council to raise the game for Basildon Town Centre. We want to tap into the rich heritage of the Festival of Britain-inspired context and add new buildings which respect this, but elevate it for the 21st Century.”

Cllr Alan Ball, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Regeneration and Environment Committee, said: “I am delighted our exciting plans for East Square are moving forward with Pollard Thomas Edwards. This development will boost the local economy and provide new jobs for local people. We want East Square to be a destination of choice rather than convenience.”


homeworks - Exhibition at the NLA Galleries - November

NLA Galleries, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

3 November - 29 November 2017

This exhibition shows how you could get involved in the design of your home and neighbourhood and enjoy genuine choice about how you live.

Public discourse voices people’s frustration about lack of influence over our domestic environment, and expresses a yearning for something more than generic products. Even well-intentioned initiatives to raise design quality (for example the London Housing Design Guide, specialist build-to-rent homes and a renewed drive towards off-site fabrication) can have the unintended effect of narrowing the range of what is on offer.

We look at three case studies by Pollard Thomas Edwards showing how consumers of housing can enjoy real influence over some very topical areas of demand:

Community-led estate regeneration: how a twelve-year collaborative process has transformed a ‘problem estate’ into a connected urban neighbourhood

Cohousing for our ageing population: how a determined group of older women have joined forces to shape their own futures

Custom-build family houses: how buyers can create their own homes from one million options


Laindon Town Centre wins National Housing Award

Laindon Town Centre wins Best Scheme in Planning at the National Housing Awards. A new High Street lined with shops, offices and a health centre, integrated with 224 new homes, replaces a failed 1960’s shopping centre and tames a dual carriage-way.

The shared vision of PTE and C.F. Møller for Swan Housing Association creates a new mixed-use neighbourhood at the heart of Laindon. Detailed planning permission was achieved in February 2017 with massive local support. Keep up to date with the progress of the project by visiting the Laindon website. Beechwood West was Highly Commended in the same category.


Open House London 2017 - Diespeker Wharf

Pollard Thomas Edwards acquired this site beside the Regent’s Canal in 1994, and has completed the restoration and conversion of this listed Victorian timber mill for its own headquarters. Diespeker Wharf has been creatively adapted with the insertion of mezzanine levels which hang from the existing trusses.

At the lower ground floor, impressive pyramidal foundations have been excavated to double up the floorspace. A modern extension and frameless glass doors have been added. A new, award-winning garden and landscaped courtyard have been created beside the canal.

The building now houses 20,000 sqft of offices, conference rooms, and residential accommodation.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 10am - 5pm View the listing on the Open House website


Open House London 2017 - New Ground Cohousing

This pioneering cohousing scheme creates 25 customised homes and a shared ‘co-house’ clustered around a walled garden. PTE has developed an interactive design process for cohousing groups and is providing a full service from concept to completion.

“It’s never been done before, and we will be completely running it ourselves. We are making history, and we are extremely proud. We hope others will learn from us. Everyone is tremendously excited. We want to be part of the Barnet community. We are not going to be a little ghetto of older people, we want to be good neighbours.”

Shirley Meredeen, Co-founder, OWCH

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 10am - 1pm

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 2pm - 5pm View the listing on the Open House website


Open House London 2017 - The Granary

The refurbished Granary, with its bronze-clad extension, is the headquarter offices for developer/ contractor Rooff. Located in the Roding Valley/Abbey Road Riverside Conservation Area by the River Roding in Barking, the locally listed Granary building had been derelict and unoccupied for some considerable time and was in urgent need of comprehensive restoration to bring it back into use.

“The building is not only a fantastic example of an industrial heritage restoration project but a wonderful building to work within.”

Mark Horn, Managing Director, Rooff Limited Saturday

16 Sep 2017 10am - 1pm View the listing on the Open House website


North West Cambridge Lot M3 granted planning permission

Set at the heart of the first phase of the North West Cambridge development, Lot M3 occupies a key position within the wider Masterplan. It has a striking and varied context facing two public squares to the north and has a long frontage to a cricket oval to the east. The 106 apartments are arranged across eight blocks, ranging in height from 3 to 5 storeys, and are all entered from the Long Gallery.


London Festival of Architecture - Open Studios - Sat 17 June

PTE will once again be opening Diespeker Wharf as part of the London Festival of Architecture - Open Studios. Come and see where and how we work on Saturday 17 June. PTE’s 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.


Tonic Workshop ‘What makes an LGBT + Retirement Community’

PTE is working closely with Tonic Housing, facilitating a series of consultative design workshops, focused around the question ‘what makes an LGBT+ retirement community’? Tonic’s vision is to provide a supportive environment by building affordable housing that serves the needs of the older LGBT community and offers an excellent quality of life to its residents. The first workshop was held in May, with over 20 attendees from in and around London, eager to get involved in the design of what will be the UK’s first LGBT majority retirement community. Click here to view the Tonic Housing brochure


The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking

As one of the contributors, PTE attended the launch of the new Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking book. Written by a group of industry experts, the publication supports and extends government design guidance found in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Chapters in the book contain advice and illustrated examples on a variety of design themes, including: housing, landscape, streets, tall buildings and town centres.

Pollard Thomas Edwards contributed text and images to the ‘Town extensions and large scale schemes’ chapter. Featured projects include; Angel Waterside, Wing, Dunsfold Park, New Ground Cohousing and The Avenue. Peter Murray, Chairman of the NLA describes the Design Companion as “A marvelously comprehensive guide to the complexities of planning. Clearly written and well-illustrated, it is an essential companion for all those involved in the environment game – designers, developers, politicians, as well as local communities”


City Park West Phase 2 topping out ceremony

The topping out of a new 14 storey tower was the high point at a special event held today to celebrate the City Park West development in Chelmsford city centre.

Over thirty stakeholders and project staff took in the city views after the finishing touches were applied to the top of the tower in the second phase of the Genesis Housing Association development on the former Anglia Ruskin University site. Guests included Councillor Paul Hutchinson, Chelmsford City Council Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing. City Park West will offer nearly 650 mixed tenure homes including shared ownership, rental and extra care units once the second phase is completed by the contractors Higgins Construction in 2018.

The scheme, which started on site in 2013, has also delivered new green space and commercial units, and has sympathetically restored three historic buildings including the Anne Knight Building, a former Quaker meeting house. Ahead of the topping out ceremony, guests were treated to a walking tour of both phases led by the scheme’s architects, Pollard Thomas Edwards.

The event rounded off with refreshments at the Grand Central Restaurant, housed in the restored Anne Knight Building on Victoria Road South. Speaking at the event, Neil Hadden, Chief Executive of Genesis Housing Association, said: “Everyone gathered here should be proud of the part they have played in making this development the vibrant and thriving city-centre community taking shape today. City Park West is already a shining example of urban renaissance, innovative design and fantastic partnership working. We look forward to watching this development continuing to set the bar high in the exciting times ahead.”

Steve Leakey, Managing Director of Higgins Construction said: “Today’s event represents an important milestone at City Park West. This is a significant project for Higgins Construction and we are extremely proud of what has been achieved to date. But we are about more than just construction, we are delighted we have been able to work with the local community and also take on local labour from the area through our training and future apprenticeship schemes.”


PTE shortlisted for 7 Housing Design Awards

New Ground Cohousing, Barton Park, Beechwood West, Laindon Centre, St Paul's Way School Expansion, Stone Studios and Wharf Road shortlisted in the Housing Design Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony Monday 10 July 2017. To see all the shortlisted schemes click here.


Tom Dollard completes Legal & General Cycle to MIPIM 2017

Tom Dollard, PTE's Head of Sustainability took part in the Legal & General Cycle to MIPIM 2017, cycling nearly 1,500km from London to Cannes.

Here's what he had to say: "Thank you so much for your sponsorship on my cycle from London to Cannes in aid of Coram. With your help, I have smashed my target of £3,000 and Coram are extremely appreciative of your generosity! It was a challenging experience with up to 300km riding a day, from 6am to 8.30pm – more so than the Tour de France (though not quite as fast). The scenery in the south of France, my fellow riders, the support team and the welcome we received in Cannes was immense and made the pain and effort worthwhile!"

A summary of the ride with photos and video highlights is available on the club peloton website:

Thank you to everyone that supported Tom.

Photos by Matt Alexander/Club Peloton


Green Sky Thinking Pub Quiz 2017

The Green Sky Thinking Pub Quiz is back by popular demand. This year’s programme runs from May 15–19, and centres upon a simple theme that will shape the week of events: Building the Open City Put your sustainability knowledge to the test! PTE Quizmaster Tom Dollard will be asking sustainability based questions with a few jokers thrown in! Register a team or as an individual and attempt this fun, educational quiz held at the award winning Pollard Thomas Edwards’ canal side office in Islington. To book a team or individual place, please email (Email must contain your name, position, organisation and contact details) Cash donations on the evening in aid of Article 25 Visit the website for further details


PTE named Housing Architect of the Year

Thomas Lane, Editor of BD said that housing, education and individual house were particularly fiercely contested categories.

“We were impressed by the high quality and extraordinary diversity of entries. This quality combined with the record number of entries meant the judging panel had to make some very tough decisions.”

Judges this year included Wilkinson Eyre director Jim Eyre, Cottrell & Vermeulen director Richard Cottrell, Mike Shaw, head of design at Mace, Andy von Bradsky, non executive director of PRP, Esther Kurland, director of Urban Design London, Matthew Wells, director of Techniker, Nick Rogers, UK design director for Taylor Wimpey and Julian Robinson, director of estates at the LSE.

“Pollard Thomas Edwards’ submission showcases its responses to four topical housing issues. Beechwood West in Basildon uses custom build to give greater choice while The Avenue in Saffron Walden delivers contemporary design in a regional setting. PTE is co-developer of Stone Studios in Hackney Wick, which avoids displacing employment space by integrating homes and workspace. The Scene development in Walthamstow combines housing and leisure to regenerate the high street.”


The Scene wins a London Planning Award for Best Town Centre Project

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. Martin Esom, Chief Executive at Waltham Forest Council said “We only get one chance at the redevelopment of Walthamstow and we need to do it right the first time so that is why this place is so well designed. We worked really closely with the architects, making sure it’s a stunning building... It’s a ripple effect... the sustainability of the whole town centre. It gives the market confidence.” Click here to watch the film showing all the shortlisted schemes


Deptford Arches wins a London Planning Award for Best Heritage Led Project

PTE's contribution to Deptford town centre’s regeneration continues with the restoration of the Grade II listed railway carriage ramp and landscaped public spaces outside the new railway station. The sensitive restoration of the Victorian carriage ramp incorporates 14 commercial spaces within the arches, the home of local creative businesses that spill out onto a new vibrant market court. Click here to watch the film showing all the shortlisted schemes


Laindon’s long wait is over: Pollard Thomas Edwards and C.F. Møllers’ plans for Swan’s new High Street approved by Basildon Council

Swan are delighted to announce that their plans to deliver the long awaited retail-led regeneration of the Laindon Centre will become a reality, after Basildon Council’s Planning Committee voted to approve their planning application at a meeting last night.

It comes after the local community backed the plans with almost 300 local residents signing letters of support and over 300 local residents signing up to support the plans on With an existing High Road in name alone, the new plans will provide a much needed visually and physically accessible heart for Laindon and beyond. The new High Street delivers shopping, a new head office for Swan, a new health centre and homes ranging from apartments to larger family houses. Now that Swan have the green light from the Council to regenerate the Laindon Centre, enabling works will start on site later this year. Swan will also be progressing with detailed design work and anticipate main construction starting on site with the first phase in early 2018.

Carl Vann, Partner and Pollard Thomas Edwards, said: “Pollard Thomas Edwards is delighted to be acting as architects in collaboration with CF Moller, to deliver Swan’s vision for this significant location."


PTE shortlisted for Housing Architect of the Year

“Pollard Thomas Edwards’ submission showcases its responses to four topical housing issues. Beechwood West in Basildon uses custom build to give greater choice while The Avenue in Saffron Walden delivers contemporary design in a regional setting. PTE is co-developer of Stone Studios in Hackney Wick, which avoids displacing employment space by integrating homes and workspace. The Scene development in Walthamstow combines housing and leisure to regenerate the high street.”