Elephant & Castle Early Sites

London

calfordseaden was an integral part of the client’s team for this redevelopment programme which delivered 420 residential units with community spaces, commercial and retail elements across seven constrained urban brownfield sites.

We worked with the client’s team ‘at risk’ to secure the sites for development in preparation for the regeneration of the Heygate Estate.

As part of the Land Disposal Agreement, all units were required to achieve Code Level 4 through the connection to a central energy centre run by a multi-utility service company, with provision for the future addition of a local power network and high speed fibre-optic connectivity. Some of the sites were also prepared for non-potable water connection to a local aquifier.

The brief was to deliver outstanding architecture and we contributed to the evaluation process to select competent architectural practices whilst liaising with resident representatives. Given the design aspirations, providing affordability and viability was challenging and we explored many ways to adjust and mix flat layouts/sizes to increase the sales contribution whilst achieving a 50% affordable mix.

Our key inputs on risk were to manage site surveys and ensure all site risks were identified and dealt with through the design process, ensuring designs submitted for planning met all project brief design standards so that contractors had a compliant scheme to deliver post tender.

We worked with our client to develop and refine designs with the architects who, in many cases, were not familiar with affordable housing standards and needed guidance in meeting the intricacies of the various standards. We reviewed all designs and suggested changes to improve efficiency, reduce costs and increase usability and unit values.

The programme included a mixed use development at Stead Street providing 140 flats across six storeys. The scheme also included a communal heating system which provides electricity to the common areas of three blocks, a new community space for the local church and a commercial unit.