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Exclusive: Greenwich Village finale wins go-ahead

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A team of architects led by Jestico + Whiles has secured planning permission for its competition-winning scheme to complete Ralph Erskine’s Greenwich Millennium Village

A team of architects led by Jestico + Whiles has secured planning permission for its competition-winning scheme to complete Ralph Erskine’s Greenwich Millennium Village.

Working with Peter Barber Architects and Studio 54 Architecture, the practice beat finalists Aecom, Maccreanor Lavington, Karakusevic Carson and a team featuring Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Proctor and Matthews, Alison Brooks and S333 to land the scheme in January 2011.

The 1,800-home design is a joint venture between developers Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey (Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd).

Along the eastern side of the masterplan - effectively phases three, four and five of the Village project - is an 11-storey, wall-like terrace of homes that acoustically shields the scheme from the neighbouring aggregates plant.

Heinz Richardson, director of Jestico + Whiles, said: ‘Central to our approach for the GMV masterplan was the ambition to creation an authentic and welcoming sense of place for inhabitants and visitors.

‘Our aim was to encourage the development of a real community, which can be enjoyed by generations throughout different stages of their lives.’

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