Central Hill Design Workshops

Following the final Metropolitan design workshops, feedback from residents is now available.

Some residents from the estate have been working with Metropolitan Workshops to understand and look at what makes good design working towards developing a Residents’ Brief for Central Hill (if the decision is to redevelop the estate). Below is a brief overview of these workshops.

Central Hill Estate Training: Summary of Workshop 1

Metropolitan Workshop architects have been asked by Lambeth Council to provide training to Central Hill residents on urban design issues to be considered if the estate is redeveloped. We have proposed to adopt a “workshop” like approach to the key items which would allow the residents to explore the implications of various design proposals as they come forward and develop a list of design aspirations for any future development.

Workshop Aim

Fiona Cliffe, from Lambeth Council, introduced the session and explained that if the Council’s Cabinet take the decision to redevelop Central Hill, this training will better empower the residents to take a lead role in the design of their neighbourhood through the next stages of the masterplanning process.

Workshop Topics

We agreed topics for the next two workshops would include:

  • Density,
  • Design & Security,
  • Landscape: open space, car parking, play, recreation.

If there are additional topics which residents feel should be covered they can be suggested at the next meeting or to Fiona Cliffe.

Sharing Workshop Activity

The workshops are open to all residents on Central Hill and for those who didn’t attend the workshops this newsletter will
hopefully give you a flavour of what was discussed and seen.

Introduction to Urban Design and Site Walkabout

The first session focused on the principles of good urban design. This was followed by a walkabout where some of these principles were explained using real life examples within the estate.

Walkabout: finding examples of what we discussed

At the start of projects designers often go on a walkabout around the site to analyse what works and what doesn’t. During our walkabout we identified the urban design principles that we had discussed during the presentation so that we could understand Central Hill from the resident’s perspective and also give the opportunity for residents to question things they may not have
noticed before. This map shows some of our observations.

 

Central Hill Estate Training: Summary of Workshop 2

Metropolitan Workshop architects have been asked by Lambeth Council to provide training to Central Hill residents on urban design issues to be considered if the estate is redeveloped. We have proposed to adopt a “workshop” like approach to the key items which would allow the residents to explore the implications of various design proposals as they come forward and develop a list of design aspirations for any future development.

Workshop Topics

We agreed topics for the next workshop would include:

• Design & Security,
• Landscape: open space, car parking, play, recreation.

If there are additional topics which residents feel should be covered they can be suggested at the next meeting or to Fiona Cliffe.

Sharing Workshop Activity

The workshops are open to all residents on Central Hill and for those who didn’t attend the workshops this newsletter will hopefully give you a flavour of what was discussed and seen.

What Did We Discuss?

The second session was split into two parts. The first part was a slideshow focused on the issue of Density. The second part was a workshop session focusing on the design principles and how they relate to the planning process timeline.

Density

If the objective is to understand the population of an area then the number of habitable rooms per hectare and people per hectare (the actual occupied density) will be most relevant calculation. If the interest is the overall massing, how dense a development will feel, and its impact on the surrounding context, then plot ratio and units per hectare will all be relevant
measures.

The current density on Central Hill Estate is 456 homes on approx. 6.8 hectares which equates to 67 dwellings per hectare.

‘Density is not just about how many homes, but also what type’. This was demonstrated with jars and balls for the different sized units/houses and how much space they take up.

The idea is that you can have different numbers of homes on the same land but does not equate to the number of people.

Workshop Aims

Splitting into two groups the aim of this exercise was threefold:

1.To better understand the priority issues on the estate

The groups went through a list of design issues and ranked the in terms of personal priority. These issues (highlighted in the diagram above) had been the subject of concern at previous consultation events on the estate.

The order of priority reflects the views of those who took part and is not representative of the whole estate however it was  useful for planning future training sessions and developing resident aspirations for any new development.

2.Timeline - to demystify the design process and explain the timings involved

We discussed the design process and the order in which things take place. Generally there is an options appraisal process (separately undertaken by PRP) and masterplanning process which has to take place before any buildings are designed.

There are design issues which are relevant at masterplanning stage (such as connections to the surrounding areas) and issues which become relevant at building design stage (such as the layout of a kitchen). The diagram above explains where in the process these issues sit.

3.Guidance and legislation - to better understand where issues are covered by planning legislation and guidance or where design issues are more open to interpretation

The third part of the exercise sought to explain which standards are enshrined in planning guidance (such as space standards, room sizes or building regulations) and where items might be more open to interpretation (such as building layout or choice of material). All these items could be influenced through the development of a residents brief.

Central Hill Estate Training: Summary of Workshop 3

Metropolitan Workshop architects have been asked by Lambeth Council to provide training to Central Hill residents on urban design issues to be considered if the estate is redeveloped. We have proposed to adopt a “workshop” like approach to the key items which would allow the residents to explore the implications of various design proposals as they come forward and develop a list of design aspirations for any future development.

Sharing Workshop Activity

The workshops are open to all residents on Central Hill and for those who didn’t attend the workshops this newsletter will hopefully give you a flavour of what was discussed and seen.

What Did We Discuss?

This session explored how open spaces can be designed to promote activity and help build community and neighbourliness. What could the relationship be between buildings and open spaces and what effect might this have on the density? We focussed on understanding the different qualities required of:

• Public Space (such as streets and car parks)
• Private space (such as gardens)
• Communal space (spaces that are shared by residents only)

We spoke about different ways of incorporating parking into open spaces so that streets become about more than just vehicles.

Metropolitan Workshop invited Camlins Landscape Architects to this session to present on some of these issues and to take part in the subsequent workshop in which we analysed the existing estate to determine how the urban design of a neighbourhood can support the spaces that are well used and cherished. Similarly, where spaces are not well used, we investigated why this might be the case. The main purpose of this training event was to remind residents of what issues to be aware of in the event of the estate undergoing regeneration.

Open Space Analysis

For purpose of the workshop exercise, the estate was used as an example that would be familiar to the residents to try to think about types of open space and how they work or could work better. The purpose of this was not to suggest changes to the estate but to give residents direct experience on how open space should be considered. The map shows some of our observations.

 

 

Attached below are downloadable pdf versions of these discussion summaries.

 

Summary of Workshop One

Summary of Workshop Two

Summary of Workshop Three

On the final session on the 4th of June we will go out to look at regeneration schemes across London. This will be a full day event.

All residents are invited to join the group.

If you are interested please contact Lauren Tyrrell by noon on the 2nd June:
T) 020 7926 0999
(M) 07720828260
(E) LTyrrell2@lambeth.gov.uk

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