The High Path Estate project envisages the comprehensive, phased regeneration of an ailing existing 1950's estate, in the London Borough of Merton, to create a sustainable and vibrant mixed-use, mixed-tenure community. PRP were appointed by Clarion Housing Group (formerly Circle Housing Merton Priory) to develop the masterplan and detailed Phase 1 proposal which includes up to 1,700 homes across the whole development, no loss of affordable dwellings, new homes for all existing residents, and over 10,000sqm of commercial, retail, office and community uses. PRP is also involved in an extensive, on-going consultation programme, engaging with residents in detail as the proposals develop for this major regeneration scheme.
High Path is the largest of three estates planned for regeneration by Clarion Housing Group for the London Borough of Merton.
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.