PRP has been selected by Circle Housing Merton Priory as a master-planner for the regeneration of three South-West London estates, at Eastfields, High Path and Ravensbury.
The affordable housing provider aims to demolish and redevelop over 1,200 homes, and PRP is working alongside it consulting residents in detail about the proposals for this major regeneration scheme. As well as new homes, there will also be new public open space and community facilities.
PRP’s vision for the estates is of a sustainable, high quality neighbourhood where people are proud to live. Design work began in May 2013, with planning applications submitted in 2015.
We have worked closely with Merton Priory Housing throughout a series of option appraisals, decanting, phasing and stakeholder engagement exercises for the High Path Estate masterplan. Our involvement with key stakeholders from the estate, neighbourhood and Borough context, has enabled us to strengthen our knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities associated with the regeneration of the High Path area. Throughout our various design workshops with London Borough of Merton’s planning, housing and environmental officers and Future Merton’s advisers, we have taken on board the wider aspirations and regeneration potential envisaged for High Path Estate and what additional benefits these can bring to the existing and new residents.
Landscape design is being developed as part of the master plan for High Path and is a crucial element in defining the character of the new housing. A large new park will be provided as well as smaller play areas and pocket green spaces. The landscape design draws inspiration from the surrounding context of Wimbledon, the River Wandle and the work of William Morris who worked at the nearby Merton Abbey Mills. Stitching the new landscape back into the Victorian urban fabric has driven the landscape and public realm design and helps define key spaces.
A 1/1250 Scale presentation model was used to show the masterplan design. Modelled in birch faced plywood and Jelutong, with mixed flock and green trees to create the landscaping.
We also created 1/25 Scale sketch models, used to show the proposed internal layouts of typical dwellings. Models were made from foam board using the coloured illustrative floor plans to show proposed furniture and room usage.