The appointment of architecture and urban design practice We Made That to deliver a masterplan for Tolworth in south-west London is set to open opportunities for more architects in the area
The Royal London Borough of Kingston upon Thames has asked the practice to lead a team to prepare an area plan for more than 600 new homes, plus leisure and commercial uses.
According to the Hackney-based studio, its work could pave the way for other practices to get involved in the area.
We Made That will initally look at drawing up a plan to provide spatial guidance and identify strategic sites for development, along with proposals to improve connectivity and the public realm.
Oliver Goodhall, co-founding partner of We Made That, said: ‘The new area plan will provide growth and development in Tolworth, with opportunities for architects and developers to revitalise existing buildings and spaces, as well as create new ones.
‘Careful design will be required to ensure sustainable regeneration for the local community.’
The council has identified Tolworth as a key area of change, and is earmarked for a station on the proposed Crossrail 2 rail link.
We Made That Tolworth area strategy
The area includes the 1964 Richard Seifert & Partners-designed Tolworth Tower – one of the first developments built on London’s outskirts with a car park large enough to allow workers to commute to it, rather than to the city centre.
Viv Evans, head of planning and regeneration at the the council, said: ‘The council will be taking this opportunity to engage with the local community including residents, businesses and developers to get their views on what makes Tolworth unique, and what changes they would like to see take place as part of this exciting project.’
Wider public consultation will take place later this year, with proposals being developed for early 2017.
We Made That’s team will also include economists Regeneris, property advisers Aspinall Verdi, planning policy experts Tibbalds and transport input from Arup.