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Old June 8th, 2009, 09:54 AM   #61
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Mayor backs Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands' Ferrier Estate
http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?...BDweeklydigest
4 June, 2009
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given his approval for Lifshutz Davidson Sandilands' £1 billion redevelopment of the Ferrier Estate in south London.

The 4,000 home scheme, which was given the green light by Greenwich Council in April, will replace the 1974 estate, which as been described as the worst sink-estate in the capital. Of the homes, 38% will be affordable.

Announcing his decision yesterday, Johnson said: "This is another great example of pushing ahead with major development and infrastructure improvements to create jobs, support the capital’s economy and transform the quality of life for thousands of Londoners.

"For far too long the residents of this estate have suffered as a result of poor, ill-thought out design and planning. Now we have the chance to put that right. These plans clearly put people and communities first and signal an incredibly bright future ahead for Greenwich and its residents."

Lifshutz Davidson Sandilands' masterplan includes creating a new commercial and retail hub on the site, a new primary school and more than 50ha of open space.

The first phase will include 220 private homes and 229 affordable properties.

Alex Lifshutz said: "It's great news, the residents have been anxious about the amount of time it's taken, and finally it's a move forward.

"It's been a very harmonious process - it's a great scheme with the local authority and the developer coming together, thinking about what a suburb could be like, with great outdoor spaces and housing. We'll be starting to break ground in the next few months."




Boris Johnson approves £1bn Kidbrooke estate regeneration
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4 June, 2009
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London Mayor Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead for Berkeley Homes and Southern Housing’s 4,000-home regeneration of the notorious Ferrier estate in Kidrooke, south-east London.

The existing housing on the estate will be demolished and replaced with new-build residential, 38% of which will be affordable, plus 37,000m2 of commercial and shopping space, community facilities, a new primary school, and recreational space.

The £1bn scheme was approved by Greenwich council in April, and demolition work has already started.

The council began decanting people from Ferrier in 2006. Previously it was home to 5,000 people.

The estate also formed the backdrop for Gary Oldman’s film Nil by Mouth.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 10:05 AM   #62
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Kidbrooke Park Road Block - Demolished
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Old June 8th, 2009, 10:12 AM   #63
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Elford Road Block - Demolished
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Old June 8th, 2009, 02:10 PM   #64
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ahh thats satisfying to see them being levelled
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Old June 8th, 2009, 08:35 PM   #65
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More on Phase One

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Old June 8th, 2009, 11:04 PM   #66
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I wonder if the moat (or whatever it is) is a security measure?
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Old June 11th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #67
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I wouldn't be surprised!


Tudway Road Block - Demolished
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Old June 13th, 2009, 01:39 AM   #68
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coolio. We need more of the rowhomes though, or at least a bit more variety- is the design absolutely finalised?
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I agree I think it should of been designed by a collection of architects breaking the monotony.
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Old July 4th, 2009, 08:43 AM   #70
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coolio. We need more of the rowhomes though, or at least a bit more variety- is the design absolutely finalised?
The design for Phase 1 (Eltham Green West) is absolutely finalised.

The massing and proportions of the rest of the project have been finalised, but are yet to be designed in detail.
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HCA invests £32m in Greenwich housing projects
7 July 2009
http://www.building.co.uk/story.asp?...ailynewsletter

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Funding for developments, which will contain mix of homes for social and intermediate rent, shared equity and private sale, is part of plan to kickstart housing market

The Homes and Communities Agency's National Affordable Housing Programme will provide more than £32m for two major regeneration projects in Greenwich.

Just over £30m has been granted to the first phase of Kidbrooke, a regeneration project where 456 new homes will be created. The homes will be provided by Berkeley Homes and Southern Housing Group.

A further £2m was granted for the first phase of new housing delivered by Bellway Homes and London & Quadrant Housing Trust at Greenwich Peninsula. This funding will enable Bellway to start construction on the 229 homes that will be built at the Peninsula Riverside development.

This investment is part of the London programme to kick-start development activity during the housing market downturn.

These homes consist of a mix of social and intermediate rental, shared equity, discount market and private sale.

London mayor Boris Johnson, said: “This further funding from London's housing budget will deliver more urgently needed affordable homes, create jobs to support the capital's economy during the downturn and transform the quality of life for thousands of Londoners.”

David Lunts, HCA London's regional director, said: “Our new approach to investment and the flexibilities we are working with mean that London will benefit from a supply of new and affordable homes in high quality environments. This development activity will also keep hundreds of Londoners in much-needed employment.”

Work is planned to start on both sites by the autumn.

Redevelopment projects that have already benefited from HCA funding include Woodberry Down in Hackney, Holloway Road in Islington, Southwark's Aylesbury Estate and Hale Village in Haringey.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 05:04 PM   #72
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Hoardings are being put up around the Eltham Green West/Phase 1 site, which borders Sutcliffe Park:











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Perfect example of an estate that looks like it hasn't seen a paintbrush or screwdriver since it was completed. Such neglect. Its amazing how great it looked when it was nearing completion - so clean and neat. It won't be missed.
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Old September 15th, 2009, 04:03 PM   #74
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I just came across these on flickr that perfectly illustrates your point:

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Old September 15th, 2009, 11:31 PM   #75
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Yes, so many blame the architecture in cases like these. As far as I can see, there's nothing wrong with it, it's let down by little or no maintenance.
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wow it looked ok back then, what year do you reckon 1968??
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Old September 16th, 2009, 10:08 PM   #77
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Nearly spot on...
the caption under both photos read: Scanned from a slide taken in 1969.
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I wonder if anyone's done a study of social housing design affecting tenant wellbeing/family breakdown/literacy/crime etc? If all Victorian terraced housing, would it have been different...
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Obviously if there are faults with the design of certain elements of housing design that can exacerbate crime (dark unlit corners and dead ends, hello streets in the sky) then that can be a factor. But the main reason is the fact the communities are simply not mixed; you put people of the same backgrounds financially or socially and places can degrade, because as soon as one person starts graffittting and it is not cleaned up, it sends the signal that it is acceptable and so the downward spiral continues. If local authorities had maintained these blocks by relentless cleaning and upgrading they would still look as good as they did when they were built. And why did they physically degrade so quickly? Because they were built with speed, cheaply and to very low standards by a bankrupt nation to house the bombed out after the war.

What style the architecture is in has no bearing, I've seen Victorian terraced housing in as such a bad state as modernist blocks. It's the make up of the communities that matters, which is why the idea of mixed neighbourhoods with people of different incomes, ownership and background is important, because it doesn't allow 'bad habits' to fester and grow.

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Well said
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