The masterplan replaced existing 1970s slab blocks with 400 new houses and flats on tree-lined streets. The heart of the new neighbourhood is the new Lefevre Square, closing the view along Roman Road. A motorway boundary is designed as a city wall, protecting the new neighbourhood from sight and sound of the traffic.
Massive deck-access blocks were replaced by a 60:40 mix of houses and four-storey flats. Flats are arranged in ‘villas’ of no more than 16 homes, each with a private garden or large balcony. Family houses have rear gardens and front doors on to landscaped courtyards or streets. This reintroduction of a traditional street layout and human scale has achieved a remarkably high density compared to its ‘brutalist’ predecessor.
The new homes were designed in close consultation with the community. PTE successfully managed a complex resident choice programme, whereby each home was tailored to its future occupants. PTE keeps in touch with residents, who are delighted with their new homes.
A major estate regeneration project. By the end of the third phase, a profound relationship of good will and mutual respect had been established. One of the resident coordinators exclaimed about life in her new home: