WW+P has been appointed by Southwark Council to design five sites that could deliver up to 140 new homes as well as a new Community Centre. The sites vary in scale, with the largest including mature landscape and trees and offering great potential for place-making.
The contract awarded earlier this month also includes the redevelopment of four smaller sites in the borough, one of them adjacent to the ongoing Elephant Park masterplan development. The projects are part of Southwark’s ’New Council Homes’ programme, a commitment to deliver 11,000 new homes by 2043 to enrich underused sites and existing estates.
The WW+P team, led by project director Philip Breese consists of Euan Durston, Louise Scannell, Will Negus, Carlotta Jansen and Travis Walsh.
Councillor Leo Pollak, cabinet member for Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Homes said:
“Southwark Council is committed to building thousands of new council homes across the borough to provide genuinely affordable homes for our residents and to help alleviate the overcrowding and excessive housing costs that hamper so many of our residents.
“As well as making sure we have enough homes, we also want to ensure we are building new homes of the highest quality, providing the borough with a long-term legacy of new council homes that are properly durable, manageable and beautiful for residents and for passers-by. We also want to ensure that our new homes truly reflect what our residents tell us is important to them – from sufficient storage space to green spaces. This will often be a challenge for architects, particularly on constrained sites but the WW+P team has already shown us they are up for the challenge and we look forward to seeing what they create.”
WW+P is delighted to be able to continue our close working relationship with Southwark Council and local residents living in the borough. Over the last two years, our residential team has been responsible for the design of 264 homes across five existing estates in Southwark. All of the schemes have included ‘Project Groups’ of local residents who have influenced the designs with their extensive local knowledge and understanding of community history. Two of these projects, at Rye Hill Park in Peckham and Rutley Close in Kennington, have recently been granted planning permission and consent for the others is expected shortly.