The Aylesbury First Development Site (FDS) sets the benchmark for the regeneration of the wider Aylesbury Estate that will deliver up to 3,575 mixed tenure homes and 7,800sqm of employment, retail, healthcare and community floor space. The Masterplan vision delivers new neighbourhoods of outstanding quality integrated into the wider network of the streets and spaces of Walworth, Southeast London.
The FDS employs tested urban design strategies and housing typologies to create a liveable high-density housing scheme that feels as much as an extension of Walworth as it reinstates and rebuilds a piece of disconnected city in the Aylesbury Estate.
The wider masterplan and the FDS aim to remove the physical and psychological barriers that signal the edge of the estate whilst retaining the estate’s strong sense of community. Distinctive new streets, squares and open spaces form the focal points of new neighbourhoods within the Masterplan, creating vibrant places linked by new connections. On street parking is provided on tree lined streets that are designed to reduce the impact of the car and minimize costly parking structures that are one of the worst features of the existing buildings.
Along with the familiar pattern of streets and squares, the FDS adapts traditional London housing typologies that include three and four story terraced houses, contemporary mansion blocks and landmark towers. The buildings are designed as a series of blocks, with distinct entrances on varied streets, ensuring that this large scheme can still create a sense of address for every single home. The architecture is based on the high levels of detail and variety, and a commitment to craft that is inspired by the neighbouring Liverpool estate conservation area.
Many dwellings are sized larger than London Plan standards and including increased numbers of dual aspect homes, flexibility of internal layouts and every room tested for appropriate levels of daylight and sunlight. All dwellings are provided with private amenity that ensures every home has views over green space and at least one tree.
The ground floor of the FDS is defined by private front gardens to houses and maisonettes with waste receptacles housed within concealed stores adjacent to ground floor front doors but located behind the perimeter treatments of garden walls, hedges and railing to reduce their impact on the streetscape.
Cycle storage has been a key criteria in the design of the homes with integral cycle stores located within all homes with a ground floor access, or securely accessed from within the communal cores of the mansion blocks.
Achieving the highest density of the regeneration area, this phase prioritises opportunities to rehouse existing residents and is a major milestone in the estate regeneration. 830 new homes provide a range of one, two and three bedroom flats, two, three and four bedroom maisonettes and four and five bedroom houses. Tenures are distributed evenly across the site with views of the park and the city skyline to the north. Extra care housing, homes for adults with learning disabilities and a new community facility will also ensure a diverse and sustainable community can thrive within this new piece of city.