WW+P achieved a double planning consent in November for our latest projects in Southwark Council’s New Homes programme. As a Southwark-based studio we are proud to have been responsible for the design of ten projects across the borough. Together these schemes will contribute 373 homes towards the Council’s target of 11,000 new homes by 2043. 246 of these homes are currently under construction with the remainder out to tender.
Our project at Sceaux Gardens Estate in Camberwell provides 79 homes within an existing post-war Estate that is itself a Conservation Area, the new blocks are centered around existing mature landscaped gardens that form the heart of the Estate. Less than a mile to the east, at Bells Gardens Estate in Peckham, we designed a new purpose-built community centre and extensive landscape improvements as well as providing 83 new homes for Council Rent.
These planning consents mark the fulfilment of five years of input from our Residential Team to the New Homes programme. We have designed at a variety of scales from garage and infill sites through to large scale estate regeneration. Our projects have engaged with Southwark’s commitment to pro-actively involve residents and with their aspiration to become a Net Zero Carbon borough by 2030. We have taken some time to reflect on the challenges we faced and lessons learnt throughout this journey, looking at design, sustainability and community engagement, balancing the needs for new homes in constrained inner-city areas. Our thoughts are set out in an e-book here.