The Clapham Park estate, located in the London Borough of Lambeth, is undergoing a complete regeneration to provide improved housing and facilities for the local community.
The 61.4 hectare site comprising inter and post-war housing is the borough’s largest regeneration project, providing 975 refurbished and 2,480 new homes over a mixture of tenures. A stock transfer saw ownership of the estate handed to a new community housing association, Clapham Park Homes, with Metropolitan its partner.
New commercial, community, medical, nursery and educational facilities are also being provided as well as road improvements and parks.
Rydon was appointed to build M2/M3, a two-phase construction of 113 new homes with a landscaped courtyard, underground car parking as well as two commercial units.
The first phase saw Rydon provide 49 new homes for existing tenants with 33 sold on a shared ownership basis. The following phase comprised a further 31 new homes, which were completed in summer 2013.
All units have been designed to achieve Lifetime Homes, Secure by Design compliance and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3. There are two centralised CHP units to serve all flats as well as the commercial units. All surplus energy is to feed-in to the grid and all the flats will be individually metered. The drainage system incorporates sustainable urban drainage to ensure the storm water network will not be overloaded in the surrounding area to the site.
The building is located directly on a red route (South Circular), which required careful delivery and material storage scheduling during construction.
During the project Rydon selected five local young people to take up apprenticeships on the scheme. Each apprentice enrolled at Lambeth College and worked towards an NVQ Level 2 for their chosen trade.
A number of community events throughout the build have also contributed to the successful inclusion of the regeneration. As a result of Rydon’s work to make the development a success, Clapham Park proudly received a National Site Award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.