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Planning news – 6 January 2022: Newham estate regeneration scheme approved

by on January 6, 2022

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Newham estate regeneration scheme approved

The redevelopment of the Carpenter’s Estate in Stratford, East London, has been approved in a residents’ ballot.

The London Borough of Newham’s Populo Living is behind the scheme, alongside its multidisciplinary team led by the Tibbalds CampbellReith JV.

Tibbalds CampbellReith JV will work with the council and residents on a “co-produced masterplan and design proposals” for the estate as part of preparation for an outline application to be submitted in spring 2022.

Carpenters Estate was developed in 1968 and 1972. It covers a 28-acre site and is surrounded by Stratford High Road, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Westfield Stratford City and Stratford station.

The regeneration is intended to create more than 2,000 homes. Houses and maisonettes would be located at the centre, with taller buildings towards the edge. Up to 50 per cent of the accommodation has been designated as affordable. Of the existing homes, 44 per cent would be retained, including two of the existing estate towers.

Plans for the site include new and improved community and sports facilities in phase one, and public spaces with green spaces and play areas for children. Better-connected streets, with a clear route to Stratford station are also planned, as well as space for neighbourhood shops and businesses. Designed by Proctor & Matthews Architects and ECD Architects, a planning application for the first phase has been submitted. It is for the refurbishment of one of the site’s three residential towers to bring 136 homes up to high standards of energy performance, add new private external space, and to create homes that meet current guidance in terms of layout and storage. It also includes a community centre.

Hilary Satchwell, director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, is leading the project team. She said: “This is a people-first approach to estate renewal on a major scale, with community wealth-building at its heart. The team have worked closely with local residents from the very start and their feedback is key to shaping the masterplan and forthcoming outline application. Delivering estate regeneration through Newham Council’s not-for-profit approach has created a new design and viability dynamic with huge potential and we are pleased to be leading the design team that will help deliver so much new housing and community space while keeping hold of the area’s history as a real piece of London.”

Andrew Matthews, founding director at Proctor & Matthews Architects, commented:

“It has been a huge privilege to work so closely with the residents of Carpenters to shape a new future for this pivotal neighbourhood.

“The design team has responded with a masterplan which is based on residents’ aspirations to create a ‘real piece of London’ for this part of Stratford. Out of this conversation has emerged a unique urban plan; one that supports a mix of uses including community and employment spaces and more than 2,000 new homes of different scales and forms that will provide for the needs of all ages.

“The hierarchy of public streets and spaces respects Carpenters’ rich history and is influenced by some of London’s most successful historic neighbourhoods, while also providing a framework for new 21st Century sustainable living environments.”

Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design is the lead consultant and town planner, working with Metropolitan Workshop and Proctor & Matthews Architects, which are collaborating on the masterplan and leading the design of the early phases of the scheme. The landscape architect is LDA Design and make:good is leading on community engagement around the design process.

The Tibbalds CampbellReith JV team (Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and consulting engineers Campbell Reith) was selected under the Homes England Multidisciplinary Framework.

20 December 2021
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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