— 23 Nov 2017, 15:28 by Laurie Ström
In September this year, we were among four practices invited by PRP Architects / Clarion Housing Group to submit a design for a minimum of seven, three bedroom houses, to form part of a huge estate regeneration scheme in London. We are delighted to announce that our tender was successful.
The High Path estate is situated south-east of Wimbledon centre, and mostly dates back to the early 50s. Continued growth over three decades has resulted in little architectural continuity, and has created segregation from the surrounding environment, with many underused areas.
This project has been gaining momentum over the last four years, and the masterplan is to create a mixed-use scheme that will include 1,700 homes across the whole development with no loss of affordable dwellings, new homes for all existing residents, and over 10,000 sqm of commercial, retail, office and community space. A new park is also to be created in the heart of the scheme, to provide a green, open area for all the residents to enjoy, and to encourage social interaction.
The site that we were given lies on the eastern edge of the estate, and whilst it's a small area compared to the rest of the estate, it is deemed an important site as it will be prominent and forge a connection between the 30s semis and terraces facing the estate, and the new urban development that is planned.
Our houses will be some of the first built, and the hope is that the project will begin onsite in 2018. We are very grateful for this exciting opportunity.