Wandsworth picks Redrow for Alton

Redrow is the preferred bidder for the regeneration of Wandsworth Council’s Alton estate.

A competition was launched in March 2016 to find a development partner to replace council housing in parts of the 17 acre Alton estate, in Roehampton, which will see the delivery of a new library and retail area; a new health centre and children’s centre; a new park and around 1,000 private and affordable new homes over the next ten years.

The estate features several heritage-listed housing blocks and Victorian manor houses which border Richmond Park.

As part of the proposals, Redrow will aim to provide local residents with jobs, training and apprenticeships through Work Match, the council’s employment brokerage.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “We had some difficult decisions to make, but we are now off the starting blocks with this exciting redevelopment which has great potential and will deliver the homes that Wandsworth needs.

“With our guarantees of newly-built homes on the estate for council tenants and owner-occupiers, to keep communities together, and opportunities offered by our Aspirations programme, Alton will set a new standard for other regeneration projects in London to follow.”

The Alton estate regeneration project includes creating around 1,000 new homes (including the re-provision of 158 council homes). 30 heritage-listed sheltered housing bungalows, which featured in the sci-fi film Fahrenheit 451, will be renovated to ensure they meet modern space standards.

It also includes a new health and family-focussed community centre at Portswood Place, opposite the reconfigured and redesigned Downshire Field, as well as a new community pavilion within the Capability Brown landscape.

The new development will include up to 5000m² of retail space, doubling the size of current provision. Proposals will also aim to deliver new and dedicated office workspace.

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