Architects announced for renovation of thousands of Merton Priory homes

Wimbledon Guardian: High Path estate in South Wimbledon will be demolished and rebuilt High Path estate in South Wimbledon will be demolished and rebuilt

Regeneration plans for thousands of homes are in full motion after architects were appointed to redevelop three housing estates.

Three of Merton's oldest estates managed by Merton Priory Homes (MPH), part of Circle Housing, will be demolished and transformed into modern housing blocks.

After a series of consultations with residents and council officers, the housing association has announced the winning bids for redeveloping High Path, Eastfields and Ravensbury estates.

Levin Bernstein Associates, who will transform Eastfields estate in Mitcham, said they want to link the neighbourhood with its surroundings by creating a new layout of "safe streets" and "open spaces".

PRP Architects LLP, who will redevelop the High Path estate in South Wimbledon, said they envision a "sustainable, high quality neighbourhood where people will be proud to live."

HTA Design LLP, who have been appointed to renew Ravensbury estate, Morden, said they will transform the site into "an attractive, thriving and sustainable Merton neighbourhood."

Tenants of MPH will be given the choice to leave the estate with a right to return should they wish, while leaseholders will be given the option of being bought out by MPH.

Residents will continue to be consulted on the location, layout and design of new homes as well as on the provision of public open space and community facilities.

The design work will begin in May and last until the end of 2014, with a series of exhibitions, workshops, site visits and public events to take place throughout the year.

This research will influence planning applications which could be submitted to Merton Council in 2015.

Residents will be invited to assist in appointing an independent advisor, to start in May, who will support them in making informed choices about their options during the regeneration.

Wayne Hainsworth, managing director of MPH, said: "This year is all about involving residents in the design of the new neighbourhoods so choosing the right architects who understand the area is essential.

"This is a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for residents with new, energy-efficient homes, better community facilities and improved green spaces."

MPH has owned and managed nearly 9,500 homes across Wimbledon, Morden and Mitcham since 2010, when Merton Council transferred their housing stock.


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