The scheme has been designed on the basis that Aylesbury Square (Plot 18) should have a strong sense of place, at the heart of the new Aylesbury and as a part of the Walworth community.
Aylesbury Square will be one of the earliest sites to be delivered in the HTA Design LLP masterplan and will signal the quality and aspiration for the whole of the new Aylesbury regeneration.
As well the new homes it will provide many of the civic uses that will be used by existing and new residents of neighbourhood , but will also draw users from the wider Walworth area. From the outset this site has always been envisaged as a community hub which will be greater than the sum of its individual parts and that each of the civic uses would benefit from proximity to one another to create an active vibrant place. The health centre will provide a state of the art primary Care GP medical centre and Community Health Care facility. It will be a highly visible and positive resource for the area.
The development consists of two separate blocks situated around a new public square which will form the new Civic Heart of the Aylesbury Regeneration. The development will create 122 new homes above a community facility, which includes a public library and commercial space by HTA Design LLP, and a Health Centre with an Early Years Facility designed by Duggan Morris Architects.
The two blocks are expressed as distinct building forms arranged around the new Aylesbury Square, which transition in scale from the existing tall buildings on Thurlow Street to the lower buildings of the conservation area. The buildings define key spaces and routes and connections to other neighborhoods. The 15 storey block on Thurlow Street is the tallest building providing a key local landmark for the public open space in terms of wayfinding, orientation and visual interest.
The housing mix varies from 1 bedroom flats to 3 bedroom flats and provides a range of tenures including private sale, shared ownership and target rent. Over 50% of the homes will be affordable. In addition, the scheme will provide 23 apartments designed specifically for people over 55 years of age.
Fundamental to the application proposals are new streets that connect the site to its surrounding context, improving permeability across the local area. This street-based approach will ensure that the development knits in seamlessly with the surrounding city, creating a place that is recognisably part of Walworth and part of London.