Lewis Gardens

Lewis Gardens was a crumbling 1950s estate unsuitable for renovation when Southern Cross Housing Group took it over under the ERCF (Estates Renewal Challenge Fund). WGI was tasked with full architectural design and masterplanning for its redevelopment - to feature a mix of unit types, sizes and tenures and innovative construction techniques. Equally important was the need to create an integrated community targeting a broad spectrum of local residents. Some housing was specifically designed in conjunction with Agudas Israel Housing Association for the orthodox Jewish community, with whom WGI worked closely.
A feature central landscaped square provided a green focal point and amenity space for residents. Landscaped seating areas, a toddlers' play area and a court facility for teenagers were also incorporated.
Innovative construction methods included the use of a highly developed prefabricated timber system to reduce energy wastage. As Lewis Gardens is on the edge of a political boundary, WGI had to work with two planning authorities. The result: a new London square giving a new heart to a community.

Date: 2007
Location: Stamford Hill, London
Client: Southern Housing Group
Value: £16m
Service: Architecture: Full Design