Estate Regeneration

Selected experience

Marlow Road Estate, LB Waltham Forest

GL Hearn, part of Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, has been advising LB Waltham Forest on the Marlowe Road Estate, which is a 1960s estate comprising 298 Council homes. It is characterised by deck access and poor pedestrian walkways and linkages. At the outset of the project we worked with designers to model potential development options for the site, undertaking viability and delivery analysis. 

After an OJEU procurement process, Countryside Properties were selected as the Council’s development partner. GL Hearn has worked alongside the Council’s legal advisors in negotiating a Development Agreement as well as undertaking all financial negotiations. The proposed scheme will provide 436 new residential units of which 150 will be affordable, along with c. 12,000 sq ft of new retail and high quality public realm. 

Marlow Road Esate, LB Waltham Forest


Winstaley and York Road Estate / Alton Estate, LB Wandsworth

The Winstanley and York Road (WYR) Estate in Battersea and the Alton Estate in Roehampton are two large local authority estates built in the 1950/60s. Both estates contain a range of accommodation and building types including terraced housing, low rise blocks of flats and maisonettes and high rise, non-traditional build blocks. Wandsworth Council are currently in the process of procuring a development partner for the partial redevelopment of both estates, but having identified which blocks are to be demolished (a total of 706 homes at WYR and 323 at Alton) the Council were keen to ensure those property owners who wanted to sell could do so to the Council. GL Hearn were instructed by LB  Wandsworth to undertake buyback valuations and to negotiated compensation terms with affected residents.

A further selection of our involvement in Estate Renewal projects are detailed in the table below.

Winstanley and York Road

Our list of services that we can provide includes:

  1. Development viability
  2. Design
  3. Town planning
  4. Cost consultancy
  5. Project management
  6. Compulsory purchase and land assembly
  7. Affordable housing
  8. New homes marketing
  9. Strategic communications
  10. Partner procurement

Addressing housing delivery and the growing affordability gap are top priorities for both the Government and the GLA.

London’s population is growing at its fastest pace since the 1930s and by 2031 is expected to be a city of 10 million inhabitants and by 2031 an additional 1.5 million homes and around 600 new schools and colleges will be required.

To meet the Capital’s need the Mayor has set challenging targets including the delivery of a circa 50,000 new homes per year. To put this in perspective, this is more than double the current annual delivery rate of new homes in London.

It is clear that a new approach is required which will necessitate better use and intensification of public sector land as well as  closer partnership working between the public and private sectors. It is estimated that social housing makes up around 25% of London’s stock, which is largely contained on housing estates. At the same time Local Authorities are under increasing pressure to not only meet Decent Homes standards but to also take a lead role in delivering homes to meet the Capital’s growth. In both these respects Estate Renewal offers a real opportunity to assist the Housing Crisis.

At the Conservative Party Conference and in the Autumn Statement the Government has announced additional resources to boost house supply including ring-fenced infrastructure funding to unlock brownfield land opportunities. Although largely directed at brownfield sites, opportunities for early additional development as part of integrated estate renewal strategies could be potential candidates for this increased funding.

The Chancellor has allocated London the largest ever Affordable Housing Fund of £3.15 billion over the next 4-5 years with which the Mayor of London will now seek to maximise both housing delivery and accelerated estate regeneration that provides intensification opportunities and additionality in homes for all Londoners.

This is a complex but important agenda. The regeneration of existing housing estates can meet a range of social and economic objectives, but can also be emotive and unsettling for the affected residents. At GL Hearn and Capita we understand these issues and have a specialist team to help lead and deliver effective estate renewal strategies which combine improvements and community support whilst creating opportunities to build new homes that add to the total housing supply on these estates.

We can turn contention into a coalition where all parties gain and the new homes we need are supported and rapidly delivered.

Our services extend right across the critical disciplines from leadership, planning and community engagement through to design and building and cost management. We can take regeneration and development projects from concept to completion. We can assist with the creation of new communities and the transformation of existing ones.

A successful approach to Estate Regeneration requires a fully integrated project team who can from the outset, understand the needs of local residents, the key institutional stakeholders and the technical and market issues to create a viable and deliverable project.

At GL Hearn we have pioneered the use of ‘people’ and ‘place’ based criteria in the creation of partnerships for regeneration. This work has directly informed the Government’s own approach to this challenging agenda.

Estate Regeneration diagram


  A further selection of our involvement in Estate Renewal projects are detailed in the table below.

Estate / Project Client / Local Authority Our Role
Brent Cross Cricklewood LB Barnet Development Consultancy and Viability advice
Heathside & Lethbridge Estate LB Lewisham  CPO, RTB and Valuation advice 
Excalibur Estate LB Lewisham  CPO, RTB and Valuation advice 
Bermondsey Spa Estate Hyde Group  Development Consultancy and Viability advice
Packington Estate   Hyde Group Development Consultancy and Viability advice 
Cambridge Estate  RB Kingston  Development Consultancy and Viability advice 
Leopold Estate  Countryside/Poplar HARCA  Planning Consultancy, EIA and Viability advice 
Stockwell Park Estate  Network Housing Group  RTB and Valuation advice 
Loughborough Park Estate The Guinness Trust / Countryside Planning and Building Consultancy advice 
Aylesbury Estate  Notting Hill Housing Trust  Planning and Building Consultancy advice 

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