Kent architecture

dRMM-led team get permission to revamp their estate on Old Kent Road

The 1960s Tustin estate currently offers 299 homes in three 18-storey towers and a series of low-rise blocks. The existing low-rise buildings will now be demolished and the towers renovated.

Backed by Southwark Council, the approved scheme comprises 16 buildings up to 21 stories tall. It will provide 202 social rental units, as well as 241 affordable units and 220 market units, meaning it is 65% affordable per habitable room.

According to plans, Pilgrims Way Primary School, which sits at the heart of the 4.7ha estate, will also be demolished and rebuilt – its floor area rising from 1,658m2 at 1,993m2, according to early dRMM designs.

The authority has approved a hybrid application for the scheme, which includes detailed plans for 167 houses by planner and lead architect dRMM as well as JA Projects and Adam Khan Architects. The request was approved by the council’s planning committee on Tuesday evening (July 19).

The project team said the new program was designed with the estate’s existing residents, through weekly walk-in sessions, community exposure days and events targeting older and younger residents. A residents’ manifesto was drafted prior to the constitution of the project team.

Following the document, Tustin Common will be “expanded and improved”, according to the team. The estate will also have pocket parks, active plazas and a pedestrian route.

The existing parking lot on the site will be maintained. However, there will be a managed strategy of reducing car parking over time and converting excess space into amenity space. All additional houses are car-free, except for some with wheelchair parking spaces and electric charging stations.

Applications for reserved materials for other parts of the site will be submitted in the coming months. The landscape architect for the project is Exterior Architecture.

Southwark Council planners said they ‘strongly support’ the bid because of the ‘high standard of affordable housing, excellent quality of housing, improved education provision and design standards proposed global”.

Darren Merrill, Cabinet Member of the Southwark Council for Homelessness Council Homes, said: “I am delighted that these exciting new plans for the estate have been approved, particularly for the residents of the estate, who voted for the plans and were so involved in the design work.

“I look forward to continuing to work with dRMM and the residents of Tustin Estate to provide new social housing with new, high quality homes for the people of Southwark.”

Existing view of Tustin Estate: