view from kidbrooke park road

Kidbrooke Park Road

Kidbrooke Park Road sets a benchmark for high quality council housing in Greenwich achieving 100% affordable net zero carbon homes through a new energy centre


The two-phase HTA masterplan starts with Kidbrooke Park Road North, which will achieve 100% homes for social rent. The regeneration of this brownfield site is creating 450 homes, of which 122 will be delivered in the first phase, with public realm and a nursery that caters to both residents and the public.  The new homes will be delivered across four new blocks, providing a range of housing typologies and sizes.

Our successful planning application unlocked Kidbrooke Park Road South’s development potential, allowing us to deliver Greenwich’s biggest social housing development in several years.

Phase 2, Kidbrooke Park South, aims to deliver 330 100% affordable homes, with 30% being 3-bed and 4-bed family homes. All homes will have access to communal amenity space within the courtyard block at the centre and 150 sqm of commercial space.


View of the entrance

What was the history of the site?

The site has an interesting history. When set out for redevelopment it was part of the local school grounds. Prior to this, it had been used for industry. During the first world war, it had been used as a servicing ground for Zepplin airships.

What was the strategy for redeveloping the site?

We were required to develop a strategy to repair this former Brownfield site. We dug out 2 metres of surface soil across the site, eliminating contamination and re-providing local street trees that were removed in this process. This enabled a site that would otherwise have remained empty to provide much-needed social housing.

How did HTA guarantee design quality for this social housing project?

The homes are of a quality that is extremely rare for a social housing project. The space standards far exceed the London Plan standards. A sense of identity and ownership has been achieved to inspire pride in residents, with red brick facades and concrete columns and arches cast insitu, inspired by the Georgian and Victorian architecture of the Blackheath and the Blackheath Park conservation areas.

100% affordable homes for the Royal Borough of Greenwich

The proposals aim to deliver an exceptionally high standard of public housing for the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council, benchmarking development standards for new affordable homes in terms of energy performance, layout, space standards, cycle parking, amenity provision, play space, and architectural quality.

Landscape Design

internal courtyard

Landscape proposals for the wider community

HTA’s Landscape team proposal for Kidbrooke Park Road will include a central green space with trees and benches to meet friends, family, and neighbours, courtyards, and a new community garden with space to grow plants and vegetables. Timber play structures and basket swings will be incorporated into various play spaces for younger residents.

A green corridor, thoughtfully integrated into Kidbrooke Park Road, will not only provide a scenic route for residents and visitors but also offer significant ecological benefits. This corridor will replace trees lost through ground remediation works, contributing to our collective responsibility for the environment.

landscape plan
landscaped play area

Sustainability & Building Physics

council housing

How were the homes optimised for sustainable performance?

The scheme’s design seeks to achieve the GLA’s net-zero carbon standard. Heating and domestic hot water will be provided by the new Energy Centre via a centralised Air Source Heat Pump system. This will provide a sustainable heating and hot water source to all homes and non-residential uses across the whole masterplan.

The design of facades, rooms’ orientation, and windows has been meticulously planned to avoid overheating while still maximising daylight levels within apartments. This design ensures a comfortable and inviting living space for residents.

The new homes have been designed to achieve net zero carbon, and the landscape has been designed to increase biodiversity across the site. A new green corridor along Kidbrooke Park Road leads to Cator Park, our open space at the centre of Kidbrooke Village, which has been celebrated with a David Attenborough Award for biodiversity.


phase 2 - net zero council homes

How did HTA Planning address the challenges?

As leading housing sector professionals with experience in design, planning, and project management for major affordable schemes, HTA Planning produced a comprehensive planning strategy for the delivery of new affordable homes on the site. HTA identified key planning risks, opportunities, and development potential and the programme to meet funding application deadlines. To deliver against a very tight programme of less than a year before construction had to commence (for a GLA referable scheme), HTA Planning stayed ahead, guiding the team with the key national, regional, and local policy and design standards, cross-referenced with Greenwich Build’s Design Guide and funding pro-forma. As with all complex sites, the best design approach had to be negotiated; there were local community sensitivities about height; Greenwich Builds wanted a zero-carbon high design quality scheme; and it all had to be affordable.

The HTA planning team also advised on the wider communication strategy, identifying and providing information about key considerations from stakeholders, such as impacts on townscape and heritage assets and the provision and maintenance of open green spaces. We also encouraged and participated in the co-design process with a diverse group of residents, local groups, schools, and youth groups. This encouraged public participation and underpinned local support for the proposals.