A major regeneration project that will transform an outdated housing estate has won a prestigious design award.
The Myatts Field North regeneration project captured the eyes of judges from the construction industry’s leading awards body.
Housing Design Awards shortlisted the £150m regeneration project for inclusion among an elite group of innovative construction projects from across the country.
Myatts Field North was announced as winner of the ‘projects’ award category, which was announced on Wednesday, June 20.
The project will see Myatts Field remodelled to make it a more open, welcoming, and a greener environment.
Housing Design Awards is a national programme supported by the Government and the construction industry’s key professions drawn from planning, surveying, architecture, and house building.
The Mayor of London’s housing advisor, Richard Blakeway, helped choose London’s winners.
Councillor Lib Peck, Lambeth council’s cabinet member for regeneration and strategic housing, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to see Myatts Field win such a prestigious design award – hopefully this will be the first of many.
“Our residents can look forward to living in an environment that will be completely transformed as well as benefit from new and improved homes.
“We are grateful to the many residents who have worked with us over the years to ensure that the proposals are of the highest quality.”
Louise Brooke-Smith, RICS vice president, who handed out the award, said: “The collection of apartment blocks currently on this site at Myatts Field North are isolated from the cultural and economic activity of surrounding Kennington.
“In the new masterplan the new blocks are pushed out to the limits of the site, using a street layout that the area’s 19th century residents would have recognised.”
Building work started last month, with the work being carried out by the Regenter Myatts Field North consortium and a project specific Joint Venture Development Company called Myatts Field Development LLP (comprising Pinnacle Regeneration Group and Higgins Homes).
The Regenter Myatts Field North consortium comprises Regenter (a 50/50 joint venture between John Laing and Pinnacle Regeneration Group), Higgins Construction, Rydon Maintenance, Pinnacle PSG, E.ON.
Sustainability is at the heart of the redevelopment proposals with a reduction in 80 per cent of carbon emissions.
A combined heat and power plant installed on the estate will provide heating and hot water to the entire development.
The master plan returns to the estate a traditional street pattern which opens the area to surrounding neighbourhoods.
The 25-year Housing PFI project will include modernisation and refurbishment of 172 existing homes; development of a large landscaped park and purpose built community facilities; development of new streets and green spaces; refurbishment of commercial units; construction of a new community centre with sports facilities; and a total new build of 808 new homes, which will encompass:
– 305 new homes for residents in blocks to be demolished
– 146 affordable (shared ownership) homes
– 357 new homes for sale with ten per cent accommodating full wheelchair access
Brendan Kilpatrick, a partner at PRP, said: “It’s fantastic Myatts has won as it’s a key regeneration scheme in South London and shows what can be achieved through adopting an inclusive neighbourhood approach to design.
“The design fully integrates buildings with the surrounding context and is the result of extensive consultation with the local community.”
Jim Saunders, Managing Director for Regenter, said: “To win such a prestigious award is testimony to all the hard work carried out by the partnership between London Borough of Lambeth and the Regenter Myatts Field North consortium.
“We look forward to continuing this collaborative approach to ensure the continued success of the project for the benefit of the local community.”