Thamesmead, Lesnes Estate

Strategic regeneration masterplan of Peabody’s south-east London estate

Thamesmead Lesnes - Public Realm at Quiet Way and Yarnton Way Junction
Public Realm at Quiet Way and Yarnton Way Junction
Thamesmead 1970-71, Greater London Council
Fold-out cover of Thamesmead 1970-71 annual report, published by the Greater London Council
Thamesmead 1970-71, Greater London Council
Fold-out cover of Thamesmead 1970-71 annual report, published by the Greater London Council

Working collaboratively with masterplanners Maccreanor Lavington, we developed a strategic regeneration masterplan of the Lesnes Estate, which will have a significant impact on the urban form of the area and the wider regeneration plans of South Thamesmead.

Thamesmead is situated on the outskirts of south-east London, between the boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley. The historically significant Brutalist development was originally constructed in the 1960s by the Greater London Council (GLC) as a modernist New Town planned in response to London’s continued post-war housing shortage. In 2014, the estate was acquired by Peabody Housing association who now oversee the management and maintenance of the area. It is currently undergoing regeneration to capitalise on the introduction of a Crossrail station at nearby Abbey Wood.

Lesnes Estate in the 1970s
Children’s playground, Tavy Bridge, 1973
Lesnes Estate in the 1970s
Children’s playground, Tavy Bridge, 1973
Thamesmead 1971-72, Greater London Council
Cover of Thamesmead 1971-72 annual report, published by the Greater London Council
Thamesmead 1971-72, Greater London Council
Cover of Thamesmead 1971-72 annual report, published by the Greater London Council
Thamesmead Lesnes - Axo, Initial Proposal
The inclusion of Coralline Walk in proposed massing
Thamesmead Lesnes - Axo, Initial Proposal
Initial massing proposed, excluding Coraline Walk
Aerial View of Wolvercote Road Area
Aerial View of Wolvercote Road Area
Aerial View of Wolvercote Road Area
Aerial View of Wolvercote Road Area
Lensbury Way proposed character
Existing Lensbury Way
Lensbury Way proposed character
The proposed character of Lensbury Way
Existing Lensbury Way
Existing Lensbury Way

The project responds to the deteriorated state of the existing fabric due to a historic lack of investment in the area and problems associated with the design and the quality of the buildings. Our proposal stitches into the existing context as well as the future planned surrounding developments and seeks to create high-quality, energy-efficient new homes. There will be a significant increase in the density on the site and substantial improvements to the public realm and green spaces.

The new character of Yarnton Way
Garden Square View
The new character of Yarnton Way
The new character of Yarnton Way
Garden Square View
Garden Square View
Existing Yarnton Way
Existing Yarnton Way
Existing Yarnton Way
Existing Yarnton Way
Existing Wolvercote road
Existing Wolvercote road
Existing Wolvercote road
Existing Wolvercote road
Public Realm at Harrow Manor Way and Quiet Way split
Public Realm at Harrow Manor Way and Quiet Way split
Public Realm at Harrow Manor Way and Quiet Way split
Public Realm at Harrow Manor Way and Quiet Way split
Public Consultation
Public Consultation
Public Consultation
Public Consultation
Public Consultation
Public Consultation
Public Consultation
Public Consultation
Public Consultation
Public Consultation
Public Consultation
Public Consultation

Extensive consultations and careful planning were carried out to ensure that what is designed today will meet the needs of the area when it will be built. This process helped inform our design which is based on creating a legible streetscape and a rich mix of housing types that compliment new and existing parts of the local area. The proposed buildings have their front doors to animated, liveable streets, some of which are completely pedestrianised with green planting, amenities and play areas. The regeneration is supported by the local community as residents have voted in favour of the plans in a residents’ ballot held by Peabody.

Quiet streets in the Eastern Quarter with planting and play
Eastern Quarter - Quiet streets with planting and play

Further information

Data

Location
Thamesmead, London
Project type
Urban design, Homes and mixed-use
Status
In progress

Credits

Client
Peabody
Gort Scott Team
Fiona Scott, Alan Worn, Zeina Derry
Collaborators
Maccreanor Lavington (lead Architect and masterplanner), Carlford Seaden, Farrer Huxley, CBRE, Max Fordham, EB7, RWDI, Waterman, Greenhatch, FDS, Daisy Froud, Carlford Seaden, Landscape Visuals, Plan A, Peter Brett

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