Pollard Thomas Edwards architects appointed for £269million Woolwich regeneration scheme

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

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

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

Pollard Thomas Edwards’ proposals will provide a high-quality solution which seamlessly integrates each of the former estates with their immediate neighbourhoods to create a strong sense of place and a specific and identifiable character, where people will want and choose to live – ‘One Woolwich’.

Director Carl Vann said:

“We are delighted to be working with Lovell on such a significant and much needed regeneration project. Our approach is to regenerate neighbourhoods through careful planning and the addition of contemporary new homes and infrastructure – ensuring we speak directly to the communities involved.”

Construction work for the three estates, which occupy around 12ha, should start in 2014 following an extensive stakeholder consultation programme and the plans successfully completing the full planning process.

Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards architects

Client: Lovell

Programme: Start on site 2014

Value: £269million