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Conran and Partners and JTP scoop Havering regen roles

Conran and Partners' Waterloo Estate scheme in Romford
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Conran and Partners is to design the 1,400-home first phase of the London Borough of Havering’s council estate regeneration initiative.

At this week’s MIPIM property fair in Cannes, the east London council announced that it had signed a £1 billion deal with Wates Residential to transform its social housing.

Conran and Partners, which has studios in London, Brighton and Hong Kong, has been chosen to work on the first of 12 sites within the project.

The practice will overhaul Waterloo Estate in Romford, demolishing existing homes and creating mixed-tenure properties.

Its scheme aims to improve connectivity to Romford station, which is scheduled to receive Crossrail services by December 2019.

Housing density will be increased in an area within a few minutes’ walk from the station, while the proposals include ‘considerable open space’ according to the practice, including playgrounds, communal gardens and public squares. A new urban boulevard would prioritise pedestrians and cyclists.

Residential units range from four-bed family dwellings to apartments for first-time buyers.

Work on the Waterloo Estate is due to start next year.

Meanwhile, JTP has been appointed to oversee the transformation of Napier House and New Plymouth House in Rainham, as well as turning Solar, Serena and Sunrise Court in South Hornchurch into an older persons’ village.

JTP’s Rainham proposals will replace two tower blocks with 193 new homes from one-bed apartments to family duplexes. These will be arranged around shared podium gardens and enhanced public realm.

Solar, Serena and Sunrise Court will be rejuvenated to create 190 homes and communal facilities for a range of support needs including the active elderly and those with dementia.  

The overall 12-site, 3,112-home regeneration project is expected to be complete by 2033.

Havering Council leader Roger Ramsey said: ‘This is the most exciting and ambitious council home building programme in London, and I’m confident our new partner will be able to help us deliver our future vision for the borough.

‘Forming this joint venture will allow us to provide high-quality new homes for existing residents and young people who want to stay in the borough. This, together with the arrival of Crossrail, and plans for two dedicated housing zones, means developers, businesses and residents will all want to be a part of a future Havering.’

Conran and Partners director Paul Zara said: ‘As architects for the Waterloo Estate regeneration project, we are delighted to be part of the successful team chosen to work with the London Borough of Havering and Wates to deliver much-needed new housing for the borough.’

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