Thamesmead, Lesnes Estate
Strategic regeneration masterplan of Peabody’s south-east London estate
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.
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.
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.