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Plans submitted for overhaul of London’s 1970s Aylesbury Estate

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HTA, Hawkins\Brown and mæ have submitted plans for the ‘heroic but human-scale’ overhaul of the 1970s Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, south east London

The scheme for the Notting Hill Housing Trust will replace the Hans Peter Trenton-designed estate with 3,500 new homes - half of which will be affordable.

Detailed plans for the 815-home first phase, and an outline application for the remaining 2,685 units, were lodged with Southwark Council last week.

When completed in 1977 the 2,704-unit Aylesbury Estate - which will be completely flattened - was one of the largest social housing developments in Europe. However the area fell into decline.

According to the practices, the 18-year, £1.5billion regeneration programme will create a new ‘tight-knit neighbourhood based around a series of courtyards, parks and roof terraces.’

In a joint statement the design team said: ‘It has been a rewarding process working collaboratively on this project. The scale of the regeneration project is heroic, but the masterplan has allowed us to design at a human scale and create a piece of city together.

‘What has struck us about this project is a widening of tenures beyond the well-rehearsed private sale/social rent/shared ownership mix.

‘Existing Aylesbury residents will be able to move to new fuel-efficient target rent homes- and private rented housing will cater for the squeezed middle who can’t afford to buy a property. Market homes will cross-subsidise the project and the first phase will also include extra care housing for over 55’s and housing for people with learning disabilities.’

 

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  • For one horrifying moment I thought it meant Aylesbury the town, which I am fond of as my Soils review helped complete by degree and teaching practice, lovely soil patterns, definitive which is why B.E.D. offered it as one of the choices we had in the last term, that would be like inviting Foster Associates to Bath, or nuclear concrete to South Somerset coal and estuary bird life Stert, or Clegg to do Somerset which he did, horror movie, there are Architects of quality "in some other places". But then Planning would not let Foster loose on places alike Aylesbury now would they? nor Cameron Boris loose on Totterdown nor Tower Hamlets to Fiddle Votes like Nero, National Geographic.

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