Since 2014 Metropolitan Workshop have been working closely with residents and Homes for Lambeth on proposals to regenerate Westbury Estate. Most recently we have been developing detailed proposals for Phase 2.
Phase 2 is a mixed tenure scheme, comprising of 124 homes offering a range of affordable and market sale homes, split between 4 blocks. The smallest block C3 completes the Wandsworth Road street frontage and forms one side of a new gateway into the site from Wandsworth Road. The L-shaped mansion blocks A1 and A2 are linked by a 2 storey loggia on all sides and together form a cohesive urban block lining the edge of Heathbrook Park. C1 sits in between, defining the southern edge of the new central tree-lined street which forms the circulation spine of the proposed masterplan and encloses a rectangular communal garden shared between blocks C1, C2 and C3.
As outlined in the negotiated residents’ brief and Design Code from the masterplan, each building has its own distinct character as befits the eclectic development of the surrounding streets, expressed in brick tones and the architectural detailing which is inspired by the local heritage but a coordinated set of repeating features ensure the estate will be a family of buildings. For example, a repeating motif of saw-tooth brick details and chamfered entrances are shared across the blocks but the colour palettes are varied to responds to neighbouring buildings at either end of the site.
Team: Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design (Planning) / TGA Consulting Engineers (Energy) / CPC (Costs) / Campbell Reith (Structures) / Camlins (Landscape) / Maccreanor Lavington (Collaborating Architects - Masterplan) / Make:Good (Engagement - Masterplan)
Collaborators: Lesley Johnson
"The consultation process has been a success - the residents, whilst initially cynical about the benefits of estate regeneration, have now come to see us as guardians of their best interests."
In 2014 Metropolitan Workshop were commissioned by Lambeth Council to carry out some initial feasibility studies and consult with the residents on what might be possible for Westbury Estate. From December 2014 to June 2015 Lambeth worked with Metropolitan Workshop, Social Life and residents to develop options to provide new homes on Westbury Estate. In July 2015, following feedback from residents, Lambeth decided to extend the consultation and engagement period until mid-October 2015 and to work more collaboratively with residents in developing ideas and objectives to present to the council cabinet on the 9th November 2015. Make:good were appointed to undertake a second stage of consultation which resulted in the creation of an outline masterplan for regenerating the existing estate.
The masterplan was designed in collaboration with Tibbalds and Maccreanor Lavington and it comprises of 334 new and replacement homes. The proposal re-establishes the pre-war frontage onto Wandsworth Road, improves connections linking Wandsworth Road to the park, creates a series of new mansion blocks lining the park edge, and extensive improvements to the public realm, biodiversity and play provision on site.
Phase 1 of the masterplan has now been completed, delivered by St. James and ERP, providing 64 social homes. Construction for Phase 2 is expected to commence in the summer of 2022.
Illustrative masterplan typical floor plan