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Pitman Tozer reveals plans for Peabody scheme at Thamesmead

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Pitman Tozer Architects has submitted plans for a £15 million residential-led scheme for Peabody in West Thamesmead, London

The 5,500m² project at Gallions Reach will feature 66 new homes and is one of two housing schemes being delivered by Peabody inside Bexley and Greenwich councils’ Thamesmead Housing Zones. 

The developer is investing more than £1 billion to create thousands of homes around the town known for its 1960s Brutalist social housing. In May, Peabody submitted plans for phase one of the regeneration project drawn up by masterplanners Proctor and Matthews Architects and Mecanoo.

This initial development stage runs from Southmere Lake to the north and Abbey Wood station to the south and includes more than 1,500 homes alongside around 10,000m² of offices, shops and leisure space.

Proposals at The Reach include a public garden electric car charging points, 354m² of commercial space and cycle spaces.

Luke Tozer of Pitman Tozer Architects - one of nine practices on Peabody’s major projects panel - said: ‘The design of The Reach is both a response to the existing context and a reaction against it. It’s an attempt to establish a new sense of civic space where none presently exists.’

He added: ‘The architecture, in its form, scale and language will set a new standard for the area and mark the start of the regeneration of wider Plumstead.’

The mid-rise ‘crescent-shaped brick building’ will use two variations of red brick and feature southern-facing balconies projecting out of the brick facade.

Stephen Howlett, Peabody chief executive, said: ’[This scheme] will be Peabody’s first development to complete in Thamesmead and will demonstrate our commitment to delivering top quality new homes, improved public spaces and more amenities across the area.’

It is expected that the project will be completed by 2019. 

Project data 

Location Gallions Reach, SE28 0JS
Type of project Housing, mixed-use scheme
Client Peabody
Architect Pitman Tozer Architects
Landscape architect Turkington Martin
Planning consultant Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners
Structural engineer Clarke Nicholls Marcel
M&E consultant Hilson Moran Partnership
Quantity surveyor Potter Raper Partnership
Completion date 2019
Gross internal floor area 5,522m²
Total cost Around £15 million 

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