Central Hill, 20 Sept 2015 Central Hill estate participated in the open House 2015, organised by Senaka Weeraman. Over 100 people came on one of three tours given by Senaka, drawing attention both to the excellent design of the estate, as well as the years of neglect and lack of maintenance in the hands of Lambeth … Continue reading Open House
On 13 July 300 people attended a protest at Lambeth Town Hall to protest against Lambeth Council's decision to proceed with the full demolition of the estate. This decision was made public, on Twitter, by Councillor Mathew Bennet, both before residents were informed and days before it was due to be put to a vote … Continue reading Cressingham Gardens Demolition Decision: Protest
Thanks to Sturgis, who are undertaking a green retrofit feasibility study for Cressingham Gardens, for sending us the set of original Tulse Hill drawings produced by Ted Hollamby for Lambeth Council in 1969. The beautiful cover image alone hints at more sensitive approach to urban design - the entire estate was planned around the existing … Continue reading 46 years on…
ASH has succeeded in organising for Central Hill estate to be a part of Open House over the weekend 19-20 September. Tours by ASH and residents of the estate will take place, and some of the original architects who worked on the scheme are being approached.
Kate Crawford and team at UCL Engineering have produced several papers discussing the relative merits and impact of demolition versus refurbishment. https://www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/london-assembly/publications/knock-it-down-or-do-it-up
The problems with section 106 agreements are primarily that they are negotiable and transferable. The fact that developers are able to negotiate their way out of what is agreed at planning (Section 106 agreement) through ‘viability assessments’ - often claiming the agreed provision of affordable housing is no longer viable - effectively holds projects and … Continue reading Viability Assessments and Section 106
SWB is an international programme which has students visiting De Montfort University. DMU students have been based at Cressingham gardens from Jan to May 2015 (see other post) and this summer SWB students have been based at Central Hill. The students are working with residents to come up with ideas for improvements and refurbishments of the estate. … Continue reading Science Without Borders Students workshop at Central Hill
Workshop 1 – Green spaces Drawings and documentation to follow. Workshop 2 – Voids #1 In terms of documentation of this workshop, we would take photographs of the specific aspects people comment on, and sketch over the drawings of the existing plans sections and elevations and perspectives of the homes at Cressingham. I would be keen … Continue reading ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOPS (Cressingham Gardens)
‘THE VOIDS’ –Gathering Information Existing site What are the issues along Crosby walk? People passing by to walk to the park - is that a good or bad thing? South facing at the front – back gardens underused? Subsidence/ structural damage Access for construction Disabled access OTHER… What would you like to see happen here? … Continue reading Architectural Workshops on Cressingham Gardens Estate
The local Authority (Lambeth) makes lots of promises, but none of these are as yet legally binding. All of these promises can be reneged upon (as in any scheme) subject to a 'viability assessment'. Further down the line, if the scheme is no longer financially viable, they will not be obliged to follow through necessarily … Continue reading No Guarantees!