On Saturday, 20 February, from 2-5pm, Architects for Social Housing presented their architectural proposals for the continuation and future of Central Hill estate at an exhibition and meeting held at Christ Church hall, Gipsy Hill.
The Save Central Hill Community campaign has been fighting since February 2015 to save their estate and the community it houses. ASH were invited to join them last June, since when we have been holding design workshops with residents and asking what they want for the estate. Residents have voted overwhelmingly against demolition and for refurbishment, and in response we have come up with design proposals that will save the estate from Lambeth Council’s bulldozers.
At the invitation of the Residents Engagement Panel, and as guests of the vicar of Christ Church, who generously offered the church hall for our use, ASH exhibited its architectural proposals at a public event open to all. Our designs propose alternatives to demolition, with infill and build-over options that will increase the housing capacity of the estate by up to 250 homes, generate the funds to refurbish the existing 456 homes, and – most importantly – keep the existing community together.
Presentations were given by the Chair of the Central Hill Tenants and Residents Association and members of ASH, the contents of which can be found in posts on this website, including the full architectural proposals. Afterwards, the meeting opened to heated discussion from the floor that lasted for over an hour. Finally, residents and community members were asked to write down their comments and opinions about the proposals and stick them on the design boards.
The meeting was attended by over a hundred residents of Central Hill estate, as well as members of the Crystal Palace Community, supporters from Cressingham Gardens and other Lambeth estates threatened with demolition, journalists and a film-crew making a documentary about estate regeneration in London. Not one of Lambeth’s 63 Councillors attended.
The future of Central Hill estate lies in the hands of its residents, not in those of Lambeth Council. Please join us.
Photographs by Leonie Weber, Geraldine Dening and ©L.G.