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HTA to redevelop London’s iconic Aylesbury Estate

HTA, Hawkins\Brown and mæ have been chosen to redevelop the 28 hectare Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, south east London

The architects have been chosen to replace the Hans Peter Trenton-designed estate with 4,200 new homes.

The practices were part of a Notting Hill Housing Trust-led bid for the coveted job chosen by local authority Southwark Council last month.

HTA will masterplan the project while Hawkins\Brown and mæ have been chosen to design the first phase.

When completed in 1977 the 2,704-unit Aylesbury Estate was one of the largest social housing developments in Europe however the area fell into decline during the following decade.

Under the agreement with Southwark Council, the project will deliver a minimum of 50 per cent affordable housing.

Three quarters of these affordable homes will be for social rent while the remaining quarter will be shared ownership or shared equity.

Southwark Council cabinet member for regeneration, councillor Fiona Colley, said:  ‘I am delighted at the milestone we have reached in appointing a preferred partner who will help us build a new neighbourhood that will deliver not only new homes, but also jobs and amenities. I am certain that Notting Hill Housing Trust shares this vision to create a fairer future for the borough’s residents and I very much look forward to working with them.’

Notting Hill Housing Trust chief executive Kate Davies added: ‘We will bring our creativity, expertise, and financial strength to this partnership and reconnect this community with the city to which it belongs.”

Harriet Harman, Labour MP for Camberwell and Peckham, said: ‘Many of us remember only too well when Tony Blair stood on the balcony of a flat in the Aylesbury estate [in 1997] promising that “there would be no more forgotten people”.  

‘But despite the great work of many of the tenants, change has taken a long time. And for so long tenants have had to put up with dark walkways, heating breaking down and rubbish chutes not working.

‘But, things are improving now on the Aylesbury with better policing, improved schools, Burgess Park transformed and 250 new homes. And today’s announcement really seems like the light at the end of the tunnel which will, as well as providing great jobs and new homes, help the surrounding area including East Street Market.’

Plans for the site are currently at pre-consultation stage and images have yet to be revealed. A planning application is expected in the autumn.








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