Durkan constructed the first phase of regeneration at the Aylesbury Estate near Elephant and Castle, South London for London & Quadrant. The development provided a tenure mix of 260 apartments which achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Durkan are also constructed a state-of-the-art resources centre providing updated facilities for people with sensory, neurological and physical disabilities, along with health and therapy services, adult education, employment support.
Durkan will carry out the regeneration of the estate in 5 phases, the first phase valued at £7.8 million started in 2009 with an estimated completion time of two-years. As well as the specialist resource centre this phase includes the construction of 52 apartments up to 6 storeys in height and provides a mix of 26 apartments for rent, 11 shared ownership and 15 for private sale.
The new buildings will utilise a single bio mass boiler to provide heating and hot water - significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the contemporary apartments and resource centre.
Two methods of construction will be used for the new properties, the apartments will be built using a reinforced concrete frame while the community resource centre will use an advanced wooden ‘Glulam’ frame for improved insulation and strength.
Built in 1963, Aylesbury Estate is the largest housing estate in Europe with a population of over 10,000 people. The estate has often been at the focal point for British politics and media as one of the most deprived areas of the country. In 2005 London Borough of Southwark decided that rather than spend money to update the deprived estate it would be better for the residents if it was demolished and replaced with modern homes, including private sale units and apartments that would be managed by London & Quadrant.