A new lease of life for Waterloo Estate

Posted: 13/03/18

Conran and Partners have been named architects for the design of the first phase of a major new redevelopment in the London Borough of Havering.

Working with the joint venture between Wates Residential and Havering Council, Conran and Partners' design will transform the Waterloo Estate site, Romford, contributing a significant number of mixed-tenure properties to the overall 3,000 homes planned under
the wider regeneration project.

The Waterloo Estate site is the first of twelve planned sites in the £1 billion social housing regeneration project - one of the biggest in London - which was announced today at MIPIM. Other sites in phase one include Napier & New Plymouth and Solar, Serena & Sunrise,
designed by JTP.
With services on the new Elizabeth line due to start operating from Romford by December 2019, Conran and Partners' approach focuses on providing improved connectivity to Romford station via four new pedestrian access points, while also increasing the density of housing in an area within a few minutes walking distance from the station.

A more considered urban form replaces traditional street blocks, with considerable open space - including children's playgrounds, communal gardens and public squares - and a new urban boulevard that priorities pedestrians and cyclists.
Units will range from family dwellings of 3-4 bedroom homes, to more compact apartments for first-time buyers, attracting a range of residents that will hopefully create a mixed and balanced community.

The project underscores Conran and Partners' commitment to collaborating with developers and local authorities to deliver well-designed, high-quality homes that are affordable to local people.

The first phase of the development is due to start in late 2019 on the Waterloo Estate, as well as Napier & New Plymouth and Solar, Serena & Sunrise. Havering Council's overall regeneration project is expected to be delivered in its entirety over the next 12-15 years.
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As architects for the Waterloo Estate regeneration project, we are delighted to be part of the successful team chosen to work with the London Borough of Havering and Wates to deliver much-needed new housing for the borough. We look forward to collaborating with both Wates and Havering through this JV, in which we are both committed to progressing this exciting venture as quickly as possible.

Paul Zara | Director at Conran and Partners
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