The Whitecross Estate is a complex urban assemblage, comprising 19th century housing blocks, postwar towers and slabs, bisected by an ancient market street. Together with NPS (landscaping), we worked for Peabody on a holistic scheme combining comprehensive and complementary public space improvements and infill development.
A series of consultation events across the Estate helped to identify 6 sites suitable for development and established parameters that informed the design process. In line with Peabody’s commitment to improving the supply of affordable housing in London. 12 new residential units are proposed alongside some employment-generating space at ground level, a new nursery and a community centre. Most residents have endorsed the project’s ambitions and appreciate the need for new homes.
The resulting public space programme helps to give the estate a legible identity, creating new playable space, food growing space, recreation space and a set of clearly discernible routes that connect the estate into the wider urban context. Meanwhile, new buildings will help to mend incongruities in the urban fabric. A distinct design strategy for each of the 6 development sites responds in detail to the constraints and opportunities of each location through materiality, massing, programmed use, form and layout.