Leading housing association Peabody has appointed Proctor and Matthews Architects to spearhead the massive regeneration of South Thamesmead in south-east London
The strategic masterplan, which will be the practice’s ‘largest and most ambitious project’ to date, will be developed with Dutch practice Mecanoo and will set out a roadmap for the delivery of thousands of new homes over the next decade.
Within this wider masterplan both practices have also been commissioned by Peabody to develop plans for 1,900 new homes on sites within the boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich’s Thamesmead Housing Zones.
An outline planning application for the Housing Zone will be made before the end of the year, as will a detailed application for 500 homes at Southmere Village.
Pitman Tozer Architects, Bell Phillips Architects and Project Orange are also lined up to work on the project.
Housing zone team in full
- Proctor and Matthews Architects: Design team lead, masterplanners and architects
- Mecanoo: masterplanners, architects and landscape architects
- Bell Philips Architects: Architects
- Pitman Tozer Architects: Architects
- Project Orange: Architects
- Max Fordham: Energy masterplan and building services
- Peter Brett Associates: Structural, civil and transport engineers
- Turkington Martin: Landscape Architects
Meanwhile Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners has been retained to work on the wider ‘futures plan’ for the huge 1960s estate - effectively a 15-year vision for area (AJ 25.06.14).
Housing zones: ‘We want Thamesmead to become synonymous with exemplar urban design’
‘The Housing Zone model could accelerate the right kind of housing supply nationwide. The two Housing Zones in London where we are developer will provide a catalyst for more investment and the delivery of more top-quality homes and communities in South-East London.
‘With the right developer and design team, Housing Zones can deliver exemplar homes and public spaces. With our partners, we want the Thamesmead Housing Zones to be about more than simply new homes. We want to innovate and build on Thamesmead’s unique history and character. There is an opportunity for Thamesmead to become synonymous with exemplar urban design; with extensive public realm assets, leisure and cultural opportunities, a dynamic local economy, and thriving and aspirational communities.
‘Work to deliver this has already begun. We have appointed a strong multi-disciplinary team, led by Proctor and Matthews Architects, to design the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone and develop a masterplan for the wider area. They bring a wealth and depth of experience in housing-led regeneration, and we look forward to working with them to deliver beautiful homes, fantastic public realm and shared spaces, and a thriving local economy in Thamesmead.
‘We’ll be appointing the team on the complementary Abbey Wood, Plumstead and Thamesmead zone before the summer.’
- Jeremy Stibbe, Peabody’s executive director development & sales