Posted on Aug 19, 2020
You will have no doubt have learned that the construction company Redrow has recently decided to withdraw from their sites in London where they were planning both private and public developments. (They will complete the huge Colindale project already underway in North London).
As a result Redrow have cancelled their contract with Wandsworth Council to redevelop the heart of the Alton Estate in Roehampton, but will complete the block already under construction on Bessborough Road.
The Putney Society Buildings Panel have followed and commented on the plans for this redevelopment as they have evolved since first proposed in 2013. In that time opinions about construction, and major housing schemes in particular, have changed owing to the high energy cost of demolishing and rebuilding concrete buildings and the disruption caused to communities by extended construction times.
We therefore see Redrow's withdrawal as an opportunity to rethink the project and adopt a much more incremental and environmentally friendly approach. We have written to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Govindia, proposing consideration of a programme of well targeted improvements, and perhaps extra floors, on the existing, fundamentally sound buildings with extra homes found by selective infill, as is being done successfully elsewhere across the Borough. A copy of the letter can be seen by clicking on the link below.
We believe that using the 'Hidden Homes' skills Wandsworth have in house it is possible to provide extra homes whilst upgrading the existing buildings to meet the Council’s climate emergency targets in a way that will be quicker, better for the community and save the Council tens of millions.