Marlowe Road

FROM ESTATE TO PLACE

We are proud to have worked on this estate regeneration project, which priorities the cohesion of the existing community. We worked closely with all stakeholders, from the residents to the local business owners and community groups to form our vision for the new Marlowe Road neighbourhood. Our ambition for this new place was to create great new streets for London including a public plaza that acts as a community focus for the wider Wood Street area.

We developed our bid-winning scheme into a new neighbourhood for Walthamstow with 436 new homes. The scheme includes a new plaza, playground and commercial space, which will benefit both new residents and the wider community. Importantly, the scheme has been carefully designed to ensure that all existing residents can be rehoused in the new development without having to move away. The planning application was submitted in June 2015 and unanimous consent was granted on 23 November 2015. The early phases are currently under construction.

Here is a film about our design process.

In September 2014 Countryside Properties was selected by Waltham Forest Council as their development partner for the regeneration of Marlowe Road Estate, which suffers from isolation, poor housing stock, and security issues.

The new Marlowe Road will be a desirable new neighbourhood known for its Plaza and attractive tree-lined streets. Its distinctive architecture, high quality landscape and public realm, and wide range of integrated housing types and tenures will ensure that the new neighbourhood seamlessly integrates with the surrounding area, provides new activity along Wood Street, and creates a welcoming gateway into the Wood Street area from the station.

The masterplan is based on the simple principles of connected streets, active frontages and well defined and overlooked public spaces all helping people feel comfortable, and proud of their neighbourhood. The main drivers of the masterplan are the east-west links across the development, connecting Wood Street and the station with Walthamstow Village further to the west, and the generous new Plaza situated at the confluence of Wood Street, Marlowe Road and Northwood Tower.

Another masterplan priority was to provide family homes with private gardens for a large proportion of the development. These are primarily houses and maisonette blocks, and collectively they create a contemporary twist on traditional residential streetscapes.

The architectural expression of the scheme features brick as the primary material with its associations of robustness, solidity, and links with the local Victorian vernacular. This approach binds the collection of buildings and spaces together to create an all-important new overall identity. The unifying but varied palette of brick tones and textures creates variety in the brick-clad building and a bespoke colour palette informed the use of colour in balustrades, glazed brick details and window frame details, with these more playful elements concentrated around the new Plaza.

The new neighbourhood will support a sustainable mixed community, providing opportunities for a range of people to live alongside each other, share amenities and create activity in the streets. To successfully achieve this, all buildings benefit from the same quality of appearance, creating a high quality mixed tenure / tenure blind environment.

Client:

Countryside Properties in partnership with LB Waltham Forsest

Local Authority:

LB Waltham Forest

Status:

Under construction

Scope:

436 homes (65% private sale; 35% social rent); 1000sqm commercial space

Stitch role:

Masterplanner and lead architect

We are delighted to be involved in a project of this scale – bringing architecture, urban design and community consultation seamlessly together in the design process. Our vision to create a truly integrated neighbourhood celebrating new streets for Walthamstow, is realised from the masterplan to the detail of the front doors.

Publicity

Stitch wins planning for £130m Walthamstow estate rebuild – BD Online, 7 December 2015

Stitch submits plans for Walthamstow estate overhaul  – Architects Journal, 24 August 2015

Stitch submits plans for estate regeneration  – Building Design, 24 August 2015

Stitch lands Walthamstow redevelopment  – Building Design, 16 December 2014

Stitch wins contest to redevelop Walthamstow Estate  – Architects Journal, 10 December 2014