WALWORTH SE17 - AYLESBURY ESTATE
The Aylesbury Estate built between 1963 and 1977 contains over 2,700 dwellings with approx 7500 residents spread over a number of different blocks and buildings designed to house a population of roughly 10,000 residents, making it one of the largest public housing estates in Europe.
Rapper Tinie Tempah grew up on the Aylesbury Estate. Tony Blair made his first speech as Prime Minister here, in an effort to demonstrate that the government would care for the poorest elements of society.
The estate has featured in many television shows including The Bill, Spooks, and a Channel 4 ident, in which the balconies and floating concrete structures shift to in to place forming the shape of the Channel 4 logo.
The London Borough of Southwark decided that rather than updating the estate to basic living standards they would order its demolition and replace the dwellings with modern houses controlled by a housing association.This was despite the fact that the tenants in 2001 had voted overwhelmingly against a sale of the estate to a housing association. The plan involves increasing the density of housing from the current 2,700 units to 4,900. 2,288 units would remain social housing and the remainder would be for sale. The sale of these units is planned to fund the whole scheme.
Demolition and rebuilding has been divided into several phases over 20 years. One phase of a few blocks has mostly been vacated ahead of their demolition, but still house about 30 tenants and leaseholders, as well as squatters. The blocks have been enclosed with large hoardings of wood and metal spikes. Some residents are not too chuffed that they are now only allowed to enter or leave their estate at a single exit, which is manned by private security officers with dogs.
Activists staging an occupation on the estate recently dumped rubble from smashed up flats in the foyer of Southwark Council's offices near Tower Bridge.
Demolition: The Final Days of The Heygate Estate
The Lodge - Rotherhithe, SE16
This derelict park keepers house know as “The Lodge” sits approximately in the centre of a large plot that was formally part of the original Southwark Park.
There are plans to demolish this building (and garden shed!) and build a yoga centre on the ground floor with dining facilities with a courtyard facing over the Southwark Park. There are also to be 8 residential apartments on three floors above the yoga centre.