Studio Egret West (SEW) has been hired to masterplan a £200 million regeneration in Charlton, south-east London, ahead of a series of further architectural appointments and ‘micro-commissions’
The practice has been hired by developers U+I and Galliard Homes to draw up plans for the 2.3ha Westminster Industrial Estate next to the Thames Barrier.
The duo was chosen to develop the site by its owner Royal London, the UK’s largest mutual life, pensions and investment company, following a competitive tender process.
The project is expected to deliver around 450 homes alongside new creative workspace units, public spaces and landscaping. Some existing buildings within the 1870s complex may also be retained and converted.
A spokesperson for the scheme said that any appointments for designing future individual phases would be determined as the project moved forward. Design contests for public realm and temporary uses were meanwhile ‘not planned at this stage but not ruled out in the future’.
The development sits within Greenwich Council’s 100ha Charlton Riverside opportunity area, which is expected to deliver 5,000 new homes on former industrial land next to the Thames.
Commenting on the appointment, U+I deputy chief executive Richard Upton said: ‘We have been working in Greenwich for 25 years, and here is another opportunity to deliver something that restores opportunity and celebrates the historic provenance of the area.
‘We see this as a fantastic opportunity to bring a much-needed and truly exciting regeneration to Charlton. This project has all the hallmarks of a seminal piece of regeneration that can provide a part of London for real Londoners. We intend to deliver something quite exceptional.’