CF Møller Architects has been announced as the practice that will design a project billed by City Hall as the mayor of London’s first ’100 per cent affordable housing’ scheme
Plans for 330 affordable homes in the derelict Webbs Industrial Estate in Waltham Forest, east London, were announced yesterday (24 August) following a deal with housing association Catalyst. London Mayor Sadiq Khan bought the site, which had lain derelict for seven years, in July 2016 after plans to build a free school there fell through.
City Hall said it received a record 13 bids for the scheme, which is aimed at first-time buyers and will also involve Swan Housing Association as a partner. The proposals also include a ’creative hub’ providing 3,000m² of affordable workspace and artists’ studios.
Rolf Nielsen, associate partner at CF Møller, said: ‘Our approach to this project is to develop an architectural and placemaking response with the focus on designing the best-possible new homes, along with a creative hub of artists’ studios, small parks and retail spaces.’
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: ’I’m working hard to identify more brownfield sites across London that we can use to build the thousands of genuinely affordable homes London so desperately needs.
’This site in Walthamstow shows the benefit of City Hall taking a greater role in unlocking and bringing forward land for development – working closely with housing associations like Catalyst to deliver a scheme that is 100 per cent affordable for Londoners struggling to buy a home.’
In June, CF Møller was appointed to the latest phase of the Robin Hood Gardens estate regeneration – a scheme spelling the end for the Smithsons’ ‘streets in the sky’ landmark, which is currently being demolished.