He said: “London is a superstar city – along with its satellite hubs that circle it”. Indeed: such satellite towns are just as important for regeneration and new homes. PRP has new residential projects in: Stevenage, Redhill, Chertsey (St Peter’s Hospital) and Southend-On-Sea.
In Vulcan Wharf, London, residents are living “cheek by jowl” with “industrial courtyards” and microbreweries next to housing. Mews houses are very much in vogue with multigenerational, large family living; an annex; an au pair: all the family living together under one roof and within well-designed urban neighbourhoods.
Brendan added: “in Wembley – new apartments have Manhattan style living themes, with exciting external spaces including slides down to lower courtyards for the adults. Converted campervans form some of the design offering rentable workspaces!”.
“Healthy is the new sustainable”, therefore, green space and biophilia is just as crucial for healthy living and people are seeking more of it! Natural sunlight is also crucial.
Looking to the future: learning algorithms, A.I. and big data usage will help buildings be responsive to context – for example: weather, climate and personal tastes.
Matthew J Smith – Sustainability Manager, Lendlease – gave a lively presentation with a regeneration case study: the Elephant Park project – creating the best places.
Elephant Park is located at Elephant & Castle in zone one London. In 2010, Lendlease partnered with Southwark Council to embark on a 15 year, £2.3bn regeneration project. When complete, Elephant Park will comprise of 3,000 new homes along with retail and leisure facilities, all with an aspiration to help return the area to its heyday when the Elephant was known as the “Piccadilly of the South”.