Lambeth Council’s Planning Committee has approved Metropolitan’s new development proposal to build more than 2,500 new homes and community facilities at Clapham Park in south London. PRP, the award-winning architectural firm, designed the revised plan for Clapham Park.
Strategically located between three local centres, Clapham, Brixton and Streatham Hill, the masterplan will create a vibrant, inclusive series of neighbourhoods with safe, secure streets, ample public and private green space, and new community facilities, while also positively maintaining Clapham Park’s unique character. Fifty-three per cent of the homes are affordable. At least 10 per cent of the homes will be wheelchair adaptable, while dual-aspect properties have been maximised.
Buildings are arranged in an efficient, legible street framework designed with safety and security in mind to encourage pedestrian and cycle movement.
Landscape diversity and active amenity is at the heart of the masterplan, provided via a network of distinctive public open spaces that create character and a sense of place.
Richard Harvey, Design Director at PRP, said: “The commitment and collaboration between client, community and our project team on this detailed application is exemplary, and will deliver the highest standards of design and quality for this truly sustainable and inclusive community for the capital, while setting a benchmark for future estate regeneration on this scale.”
Adrian Judd, Landscape Director at PRP, added: “This is a truly wonderful opportunity to work with the client, community and design team to create a public realm that is fitting for modern urban living. It creates a green, accessible, active and engaging public realm for the whole community, year round. It is richly planted at all levels, bringing people and nature together in a way that is both attractive and enduring.”
The project is capable of immediate implementation. The Greater London Authority has stated that this approach to estate regeneration is “ambitious but fully welcomed.” Local residents have discussed the fine details of the design and issues that matter to them during design development of the masterplan throughout the community consultation period.
Geeta Nanda, Chief Executive of Metropolitan, said: “The planning committee approval is very positive news for the residents and our partners in this long-term project.”
Local planning authority: London Borough of Lambeth
Architect and masterplanner: PRP
Landscape architect: PRP
Daylight/sunlight and wind: PRP
Quantity surveyor: Mace
Structural and MEP: Rambol
Civil engineering: Hoare Lea