A human-scale scheme that focuses strongly on street life has won the competition for the development of the remainder of Greenwich Millennium Village

CGI rendering of what Greenwich Millennium Village will look like
CGI rendering of what Greenwich Millennium Village will look like

A team led by Jestico + Whiles, including architects Peter Barber Architects and Studio 54 Architecture, was chosen by a judging panel comprising members from Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd (GMVL), the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and CABE.  Whitelaw Turkington, working on landscape, XCO2, advising on low-energy solutions, and acoustic consultants Sandy Brown Associates make up the rest of the winning team.

The design uses a mixture of townhouses and low-rise apartment blocks laid out in traditional street patterns with narrower mews. The original masterplan was designed by the late Ralph Erskine during the 1990s, and the new team will build on his vision to create an exemplar of urban design.

GMVL is now preparing an application for outline planning permission which is expected to comprise around 1,800 homes, together with commercial and community buildings, new public realm with seating areas and all associated landscaping.

Heinz Richardson, director of Jestico + Whiles, said:  “The creation of sustainable neighbourhoods is at the heart of our approach to the masterplan: creating places in which people want to live through different stages of their lives.”

Sustainability is a key part of the new design, which aims to reinforce the Village’s credentials as a leader in high-density sustainable living. Future phases will incorporate features such as greywater recycling, rainwater harvesting and vacuum-assisted waste removal.

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