Conran and Partners to design new council housing and public buildings for Southwark regeneration programme

Conran and Partners have been confirmed as architects to work with housing association Clarion Housing Group for the design and delivery of hundreds of new homes, commercial premises, school and community facilities as part of the Southwark Regeneration in Partnership Programme (SRPP).

Southwark Council has announced a new partnership with Clarion to deliver over 600 new homes in the borough – nearly half of which will be let at council rents. The new partnership has been forged through the council’s pioneering ‘Regeneration in Partnership Programme’ which aims to provide new homes, improved public facilities and employment opportunities for local people through development partnerships.

At least 284 of the new homes will be council owned, and a further 94 will be homes available for low cost ownership, with the remainder as private home sales to pay for the building of the council homes and public buildings.

Conran and Partners will act as architects and master planners for Clarion, working in conjunction with delivery managers Martin Arnold Associates. Clarion will build 606 new homes on sites identified by the council as ‘Lot B’.

Clarion’s Director of Major Projects and Partnerships, Kerry O’Driscoll, commented:

“We wanted to build on our existing legacy of investing in new homes and communities in Southwark. With over one hundred years’ experience here we feel ideally placed to deliver a range of homes, with quality and design at their heart, that local people can feel proud of and benefit from.”

Conran and Partners’ appointment builds on the practice’s wide-ranging experience of working on major residential, mixed-tenure regeneration projects in London, including Green Man Lane, Ealing; Baylis Old School, Kennington, Lambeth; and Wornington Green, Kensington and Chelsea. Conran and Partners have a long-standing relationship with Southwark and the practice’s head office is located in Butler’s Wharf.

Lee Davies, Partner, Conran and Partners, said:

“We are based in Southwark. It is our home and we have been working here for more than three decades, so we are delighted to be assisting Clarion and the London Borough of Southwark. We are confident that our expertise and skill will help deliver a vision that is focused on creating high quality homes and crafting attractive spaces where communities can thrive.”

The London Borough of Southwark currently has the largest council home building programme of any local authority in the UK. Conran and Partners has already undertaken an initial programme of consultation on the future redevelopment of the Angel Oak Academy site adjacent to Burgess Park which includes a remodelled school and playgrounds, new housing and an improved streetscape.

Cllr Mark Williams, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and New Homes, said:

“In Southwark we are tackling the housing crisis head on with our ambitious commitment to building 11,000 new council homes across the borough by 2043, so far we’ve completed 350 new homes with well over 1,000 more on the way.

“Some of these homes we are delivering and funding ourselves but to meet such an ambitious target we are also looking at different ways we can work with development partners to deliver new homes on pockets of council-owned land. I am pleased to welcome Clarion Housing Group to our programme and look forward to working with them to build new, top quality and genuinely affordable homes for our residents.”