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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Peabody’s St John¹s Hill Estate in South London by Hawkins\Brown

August 7th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hawkins Brown

Peabody has secured planning approval for Hawkins\Brown designed estate regeneration of Peabody’s St John’s Hill Estate in South London.

The application, which was submitted to the London Borough of Wandsworth, has involved close consultation with residents, a number of other local groups, and the Local Authority. The resolution to grant planning permission was decided on the evening of Wednesday 18th July and the application will now be referred to the Mayor of London for final approval.

Peabody's St John¹s Hill Estate

  • Architects: Hawkins\Brown
  • Project: Peabody’s St John¹s Hill Estate
  • Location: Peabody Estate, St John’s Hill, London SW11
  • Size: 52, 000 sq m
  • Client: Peabody
  • Structural Engineer: Ellis & Moore
  • Services Engineer: Max Fordham
  • Civil Engineer: Ellis & Moore
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds
  • Landscape Architect: Farrer Huxley Associates
  • Planning consultant: Indigo Planning

Peabody's St John¹s Hill Estate

Located next to Clapham Junction Station on a 2.27ha site, the Peabody Estate St. John’s Hill is bounded by four distinct contexts: the station to the north, Edwardian terraces and the town centre to the east, Wandsworth Common to the south and a 30m railway cutting to the west.

The existing walled 5 story estate of 353 homes built in the 1930s will be demolished and replaced with a development comprising:

  • 527 new homes in a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments
  • 569 sq m of commercial units
  • A new 530 sq m community hub including a café, club room, crèche, learning and function rooms available to residents of the estate and the wider community
  • 13,600 sq m of public, shared private and private open space which prioritize the pedestrian, including provision of a new public route connecting the Clapham Junction Station to Wandsworth Common.


Buildings within the new scheme range in height from 4 to 12 stories, built predominantly in brick as a collection of buildings with individual identities, a contrast to the existing estate aesthetic. The positioning, height and massing of the buildings responds to and is influenced by its varying local contexts. Buildings beside the Edwardian terraces to the east are 4 stories whilst 8-12 stories blocks are positioned to the west overlooking the rail cutting.

The master plan reintegrates the site to its immediate surroundings. A new pedestrian avenue connecting the station to the common includes two public squares: one at the centre of the scheme, the other opposite the station. The central square provides a large public space activated by a Community Hub. The square opposite the station is bounded by ground floor commercial space for shops, cafes and restaurants, creating an urban hub at the entrance to the development.

Across the scheme over 50% of the homes (279 units) will be affordable social rent and intermediate housing and 249 units for private sale. All residential units meet Decent Home Standards and the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The scheme incorporates several energy efficiency measures including an on-site District Heating System and photovoltaic panels on the roofs.

The master plan will be constructed in three phases as soon as final approvals have been granted, and the first part of the development is vacated.

David Bickle, Partner, Hawkins\Brown, said:

“I am delighted that Peabody has secured planning permission for this estate regeneration. The positive decision endorses the hard work, creativity and commitment of the whole team over the past five years and offers new opportunities for residents and the wider community.”

Peabody Development Director, Claire Bennie, said:

“Peabody would like to applaud Wandsworth Council’s decision to approve this forward thinking, much needed and innovative development. Peabody will invest £120m in this major scheme that will see the regeneration and development of 527 homes, with over half dedicated to affordable housing.”


Hawkins\Brown is a creative progressive award-winning London-based architectural practice formed in 1988 by Roger Hawkins and Russell Brown. The practice has grown steadily over the years to 15 partners and over 80 staff studio.

Recently named AJ100 Practice of the Year 2011, Hawkins\Brown has a reputation as one of the leading design-based architectural practices in the UK. The practice has never limited its architecture to a particular style type or scale of work, bringing a bespoke collaborative approach to projects and a determinedly broad experience of building universities, schools, transport, housing, offices and arts projects across the UK and increasingly in Europe and further afield.


Peabody is one of London’s largest and oldest housing associations. It was set up by the American philanthropist George Peabody in 1862 to ‘alleviate the condition of the poor and needy of this great metropolis and to promote their comfort and happiness’. One hundred and fifty years on Peabody is thriving, with more than 20,000 homes on 219 estates, housing 50,000 people in 25 boroughs.

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