London Borough approves plan for Ham Close regenaration project

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The Hill Group and Richmond Housing Partnership gets go ahead for Ham Close housing-led regeneration project. The project has been approved by the planning committee of the London Borough of Richmond.

According to the plans for Ham Close, 452 new homes will be built alongside new public spaces and community facilities. Thus, it will replace a number of apartment buildings from the 1960s. Final approval is anticipated in the coming year once it gets evaluated by the Greater London Authority.

A total of 49% of the homes will be shared ownership, affordable for rent, and 10% will be wheelchair accessible. A new building for Richmond MakerLabs’ community workshop, a community centre, and a park with play areas will also be part of the new neighbourhood.

This result is the result of years of collaboration between Richmond Council and RHP, the borough’s largest affordable housing provider, to ensure the estate’s regeneration.

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Ham Close will be an integrated and attractive place to live

“We are delighted to receive planning consent for the landmark regeneration project at Ham Close. We are looking forward to obtaining final approval from the GLA in due course,” said Andy Hill, chief executive of the Hill Group.

As soon as we have everything in order, we’ll start the construction phase with our partner RHP. The goal of Ham Close is to build a thriving, welcoming neighbourhood. It will include both current and future residents, high-quality, sustainable housing, and a variety of new community amenities.

Architect BPTW collaborated with local firm WR-AP to create the designs for Ham Close. WR-AP also designed the community centre and Makers Lab, and landscape consultant LUC.

“Our goal for Ham Close was always to place residents and community at the heart of the masterplan. Thus, we will create an integrated and attractive place to live,” BPTW partner Chris Bath said.

The other elements of successful placemaking are just as important as well-designed homes. These include warm community buildings, landscaped areas for community gardening, and making sure the development connects to its surrounding area.