South Thamesmead, one of the largest housing estates in London, was built by the Greater London Council in the mid-1960s. We have developed a public realm strategy that would address the current shortcomings of the neighbourhood while being sympathetic to the original design ambitions, focusing on areas of Southmere and Parkview.
Our proposals introduce critical connections and create clear gateways to Abbey Way Park and Abbey Wood rail station by removing the car park podium deck at the base of the four towers and many of the elevated walkways. We will also improve the entrance sequence to front doors for pedestrians, create safe and accessible play and increase natural surveillance over the public realm. New trees, paving and soft landscaping will upgrade the residential courtyards and ensure streets are more pedestrian-friendly.
Public realm strategy that enhances an iconic Brutalist estate.