Evelyn & Sayes Court estate occupies an area of 38.5 acres in the heart of Deptford, one of the most economically and socially deprived areas of London. This is one of several major Estate Action regeneration projects undertaken by the Practice and all involving extensive resident consultation. Others include Lancaster West & Mozart Estates for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Sidmouth Mews for London Borough of Camden.

Housing a population of 3,265 people in a total of 1421 dwellings, the bulk of the Evelyn & Sayes Court estate was built around the end of the 1960's using the Crudens Skarne large concrete panel system. The built form consists mainly of 4 storey maisonette blocks, linked by high level walkways, with a number of 17 storey tower blocks.

By analysing the known problems, and through exhaustive tenant consultation exercises Floyd Slaski LLP produced a multifaceted range of proposals for regenerating the estate. These include:

  • Upgrading the buildings by adding thermal insulation, overcladding, pitched roofs, new kitchens and re wiring,
  • providing large balconies to upstairs maisonettes.
  • Upgrading the external areas by providing front and rear gardens, improved roads and parking provision, traffic calming measures, improved play areas.
  • Improving security: closing off access stairs with security doors and entry phones estate wide CCTV surveillance system, improved outdoor lighting.
  • Improving density and providing a heart to the estate by demolishing a number of blocks to make space for a community-oriented Green, with sports facilities.
  • Diversifying tenure by selective demolitions to make space for houses built by Housing Associations or private developers.
  • Cooperation with other Borough initiatives to maximise opportunities for job creation and training for local residents.

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