Ferrier Estate will be transformed in £1 billion Kidbrooke Village regeneration project

News Shopper: City Point - phase one City Point - phase one

The former Ferrier Estate is set to be transformed as part of a £1 billion regeneration project. Reporter KELLY SMALE went down to the site to find out about the new Kidbrooke Village.

CONSTRUCTION of Kidbrooke Village began in September 2009 and will take between 15 to 20 years to complete.

It covers more than 269 acres (109 hectares) and will provide around 4,800 houses and apartments, retail and leisure facilities and park land.

The build is taking place in four phases and is being delivered by Berkeley Homes in partnership with Greenwich Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Southern Housing Group.

News Shopper: City Point - phase one Phase one

City Point is the name of the first phase and will be launched next month.

It includes 220 private studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments over looking Sutcliffe Park as well as affordable housing, which has already been occupied by former residents of the Ferrier Estate.

Prices for a one bedroom apartment will start from £207,500.

News Shopper: City Point Regional sales manager for Berkeley Homes, Bradley Martin, said the village had a “cradle to the grave” approach.

He said: “We are building a village rather than a development. People can be born in to it, live in it and when they get unwell when they are older they can be looked after.”

Mr Martin added: “It’s opening up a whole new area of London that people might not have considered before.”

Phase two

Blackheath Quarter will form the second phase and will include around 140 three and four bedroom family homes as well as 200 one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The properties will overlook the newly created Cator Park and will open next year as construction is set to get underway any day now.

News Shopper: Capital Plaza - phase three Phase three

Capital Plaza will be the heart of Kidbrooke Village and will be built as part of the third phase within eight to 10 years.

In addition to houses and apartments, it will include a school, healthcare centre, hotel, shops and a supermarket as well as a range of bars and restaurants.

A transport interchange will be built around the existing Kidbrooke station and will provide train and bus links into central London and the surrounding areas.

Phase four

The final phase will be Meridian Gate which will include three storey three and four bedroom family homes with gardens and one, two and three bedroom apartments looking out towards Cator Park and Sutcliffe Park.

News Shopper: Kidbrooke Village Managing director of Berkeley Homes, Paul Vallone, said: “Kidbrooke Village is one of the most significant regeneration schemes to be launched in the capital in the past decade.

“The development will create a vibrant new destination in which people from all backgrounds and areas of London will aspire to live and work.”

He added: “In time Kidbrooke Village will develop into a real community and provide long-term social and economic benefits to the wider area.”

Only 35 per cent of the land is to be developed on, with more than 135 acres (55 hectares) of Kidbrooke Village dedicated to parks and sports facilities.

For more information, call 020 8331 7130 or visit kidbrookevillage.co.uk

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1:50pm Wed 16 Feb 11

MB says...

The masterplan for Kidbrook Village with all of its facilities and green spaces looks great. However, I'm worried about the combining of paid-for and social housing. Based on my experiences from Millenium Village this leads to serious clashes of cultures. We are seeing many owner-occupiers leaving Millenium Village as they can't bear living with anti-social neighbours. The council should apply very tough criteria for social tenants, eg. by not accepting anybody with ASBOs or convictions, or people who can't demonstrate that they have legally arrived in this country or worked at some point in the recent past (obviously this criteria should not apply to people with a genuine impediment). If these basic guarantees are in place people will probably be much more relaxed about investing in this place and this will also support social mobility by offering an incentive for people who want to live a decent life but can't currently affort it.
The masterplan for Kidbrook Village with all of its facilities and green spaces looks great. However, I'm worried about the combining of paid-for and social housing. Based on my experiences from Millenium Village this leads to serious clashes of cultures. We are seeing many owner-occupiers leaving Millenium Village as they can't bear living with anti-social neighbours. The council should apply very tough criteria for social tenants, eg. by not accepting anybody with ASBOs or convictions, or people who can't demonstrate that they have legally arrived in this country or worked at some point in the recent past (obviously this criteria should not apply to people with a genuine impediment). If these basic guarantees are in place people will probably be much more relaxed about investing in this place and this will also support social mobility by offering an incentive for people who want to live a decent life but can't currently affort it. MB
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5:07pm Wed 16 Feb 11

Arther Biscuit says...

Unfortunatly this hair brained idea is still live. I agree with you totally and have to say there are people out there who as long as the sun shines will resist all atempts of intergration into a coherent law abiding society. The notion of making contractors hand over a % of their developments for social housing is in theory a great idea giving less well off people the chance to enhance there standard of living and wellbeing but it seems in most cases spoilt by " the few"! Why do developers insist on calling all new developments " villages"? The funniest yet is Southmere Village in Thamesmead. To you and me we are talking Tavey Bridge!
Unfortunatly this hair brained idea is still live. I agree with you totally and have to say there are people out there who as long as the sun shines will resist all atempts of intergration into a coherent law abiding society. The notion of making contractors hand over a % of their developments for social housing is in theory a great idea giving less well off people the chance to enhance there standard of living and wellbeing but it seems in most cases spoilt by " the few"! Why do developers insist on calling all new developments " villages"? The funniest yet is Southmere Village in Thamesmead. To you and me we are talking Tavey Bridge! Arther Biscuit
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12:34pm Thu 17 Feb 11

DJH says...

Totally agree, look at any council estate where there are owners and look at any private estate where there are housing association tenants. Like chalk and cheese, the 2 should not be mixed.
Totally agree, look at any council estate where there are owners and look at any private estate where there are housing association tenants. Like chalk and cheese, the 2 should not be mixed. DJH
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