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PRP to overhaul 1960s housing estate in Crystal Palace

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PRP has been appointed by Lambeth Council to draw up options for the redevelopment of the 1960s Central Hill Estate in South London

The AJ100 practice is working on a design framework which could see the creation of a ‘higher density scheme’ than currently exists.

The estate near to Crystal Palace was built between 1966 and1974 under the direction of the borough’s director of architecture, planning and development, Ted Hollamby who became known for his modernist estates.

Manisha Patel, director at PRP, said: ‘Our approach to Central Hill is to create improvements to the neighbourhoods that are distinctive in character and reflect local characteristics and context of the area.”

He said the firm would seek to use high quality materials to create buildings with active street frontages.

The community will be fully involved with the formulation of plans, he said.

Matthew Bennett, Lambeth’s cabinet member for housing, said: ‘The driving force for estate regeneration schemes like the one at Central Hill is to improve the conditions for existing residents and explore opportunities for new homes so the next generation of Lambeth tenants and residents have somewhere they can afford to live.’ 

The council is running a number of workshops for estate residents in the coming weeks.

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