Aylesbury Estate Southwark Council is evaluating potential development partners for the huge phased regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate, one of the biggest such schemes in Europe. Regeneration aims to create a new vibrant Walworth neighbourhood. Mixed-tenure, affordable ownership housing options and thoughtfully designed, safer streets and parks will be delivered. Southwark is working on these elements with local families and elderly people, who comprise one of Europe’s most diverse yet deprived communities. Jane Gilchrist was one of housing association L&Q’s first residents to move into her newly completed Hitard Court home at Albany Place – a development of 261 one and two-bedroom homes built on a formerly vacant corner of the Aylesbury Estate. “Everything came fitted and the rooms are spacious,” says Jane, who had lived in the Aylesbury’s Chartridge block for 35 years. “And I’ve managed to stay in touch with my old neighbours.” The homes are heated by centralised gas and biomass boilers. The Southwark and L&Q partnership has also led to the opening of a new on-site community healthcare facility. Albany Place is the first developed site of Phase 1a of Southwark’s massive Aylesbury regeneration. Eventually, 4,200 high-quality, mixedtenure, environmentally friendly homes will replace the 2,750 Aylesbury flats on a 28.5-ha site – equal in size to Canary Wharf. Southwark Council and resident-led community trust partners, Creation Trust, are working with local people to ensure the phased 10-year delivery of developments over 19 Aylesbury sites. Southwark is already rehousing tenants and residents on four other Aylesbury sites. Land was prepared this year on ‘site 7’ for marketing to start. Development partners are being sought for two south-western sites. Gradually, development will roll out across the estate’s other tranches after Southwark’s cabinet further refines the development process through the first quarter of 2012. Supportive infrastructure is being delivered. Two state-of-the art Walworth school buildings opened in 2010; the ARK-sponsored Walworth Academy secondary school on Albany Road and the Michael Faraday Primary School in the heart of the Aylesbury area – already rated as outstanding by Ofsted. While some 26 languages are spoken locally, 65% of the Aylesbury’s population is born in the UK. To meet the demand for school places, Aylesbury Academy, a new secondary is being built. 36 issue 8 winter 2011/12
right and below: New high-quality, mixedtenure, environmentally friendly homes on the Aylesbury Estate – one of Europe’s biggest housing regeneration schemes.