The Waterloo Estate extends to 4.44 ha, and comprises an existing community of 290 existing homes, pub, community centre and a Grade II listed parish church.
We collaborated with the London Borough of Havering Regeneration team to establish a vision for a vibrant mixed-use development, bridging the gap between the town centre and suburban neighbourhoods. The intention being to both integrate and inform the developing town centre masterplan for Romford,
Our role was to secure masterplan and outline consent for almost 1400 new homes, and detailed planning consent for Phase 1, commercial and community uses,
The site sits between a major dual carriageway to the east and the Great Eastern Mainline Railway to the south.
Our proposal creates protective boundaries to these existing hard edges and introduces a vibrant green and blue thread, which weaves through the site to create a journey from the hectic south-east corner where railway and dual carriage way intersect to the more tranquil Cotton Park to the north west corner of the site.
Borrowing from the principle of Kintsugi we are using greenery, wildlife and water – rather than gold – to fix and join together the built environment and infrastructure. Maximising the principles of healthy urban living the project is heavily pedestrianised and includes a new central park which in turn creates a special setting for the Grade II listed church, an historic focal point of the journey along the green and blue ‘seam’