Scale and type: 21.4ha estate renewal masterplan re-providing better quality homes, public realm and civic infrastructure
The renewal of the St Raphael’s Estate in the London Borough of Brent will
bring forward a greater number of higher-quality council homes for the
community, connected by well-planned, shared public spaces and civic uses,
fully accessible to all.
With 500 council homes on the estate across a mix of
dwelling types, it is a major renewal project which has been guided by a fully
collaborative and communicative co-design and engagement process with the
estate community and local council. Our shared ambitions are to create neighbourhood proposals that improve
the quality of housing, public realm and meet the aspirations of the people
who live there.
A project of such scale,
complexity and sensitivity requires a unique kind of masterplanning and
engagement approach. Working closely with the community, we have devised
different masterplan options for both infill and full re-development, and a
comprehensive and deliverable Design Code, comprised of key architectural and
strategic neighbourhood principles to ensure design quality and intent are
retained throughout all phases of the masterplan.
The aspirations and community
vision for the scheme are clear, and inclusive of the delivery of better-quality homes, with a focus on affordable and family dwellings, enhanced green play areas and the provision of well-planned, well-overlooked private
and communal spaces.
An important focus for us
has been how to engage effectively with such a large and long-standing
community in an interesting and productive way, providing a platform for
in-depth discussions about the future design of the neighbourhood. An extensive
programme of design workshops to review and test masterplan options have sought to empower
residents over the future changes to their neighbourhood and create socially responsive urban and architectural solutions. The resulting design options have been reviewed with community members at a series of public exhibitions, with a final ballot due to be held in August 2021.