Clapham regeneration project sets a national benchmark

It’s official, a Lambeth Council regeneration scheme has set a standard against which other projects across the country will be measured.

The ‘Future Clapham’ scheme, developed in partnership with Cathedral Group, has been awarded top marks in the Building for Life (BfL) criteria, which is used as a national test to measure well-designed buildings and neighbourhoods. The scheme was recognised as one of the top three projects (out of a total of 191) nationally in scores released recently, scoring 17.5 out of a maximum 19.0.

The scheme will see the re-development of two sites in Clapham. It will provide a new library, a new leisure centre, a healthcare centre, a café and 136 new homes.

The project was measured against the 20 BfL criteria to investigate whether:

  • There is an accommodation mix that reflects the needs and aspiration of the local community.
  • The development provides (or is close to) community facilities, like parks, shops or cafes.
  • The design is specific to the scheme
  • The scheme integrates with existing streets, paths and surrounding development.
  • The public space is well designed and has suitable management arrangements in place.

Cllr. Sally Prentice, cabinet member for regeneration, planning, employment and enterprise said: “This is great news, and this scheme will deliver some fantastic new facilities for local people. We worked closely with Cathedral to make sure that we had a scheme that was spot on, and we knew that this project ticked all the boxes for things like design and construction, relevance to the local community, value-for-money, and the environment – and gaining top marks in BfL proves we were right”.

Martin Wood from Cathedral said: “This score underlines the quality of the scheme, of which we are very proud. Cathedral is committed to delivering outstanding schemes which are well designed and sustainable. We are very excited about completing the building works and handing over fantastic new facilities and desirable new homes.”

The Future Clapham project recently won the Best Project category at the Housing Design Awards 2010. It has received kickstart funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Building work is currently underway and is scheduled to finish at the end of 2011.



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