Flagship regeneration project bags award

By Jim Dunton - Wed 29 May 2013, 3:02 pm

The first phase of regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate has won a prestigious regeneration award.

Ruskin Walk in Walworth was this week named best regeneration project in the Evening Standard’s New Homes Awards 2013.

The scheme, opposite Burgess Park, was designed by architects Levitt Bernstein and developed by Southwark Council and partner, housing association London & Quadrant.

The Aylesbury Estate is one of the nation's most notorious 1970s housing schemes, and was chosen by prime minister Tony Blair as a base to proclaim his vision for the nation's renewal shortly after Labour's landslide general election victory in 1997.

Southwark’s overarching plan is to demolish the entire 70-acre estate of 2,700 flats and replace it with a 4,200-homes mix of private, shared-ownership and social housing properties.

Regeneration lead Councillor Fiona Colley said Ruskin Walk's award was well-deserved.

"The new homes at Ruskin Walk represent the high quality designs we envision for the future of this area,” she said.

“I'm delighted for both L&Q and Levitt Bernstein, who have shared our vision for modern living in this vibrant part of London.

“I look forward to seeing the current work to transform the next phase - Site 7 - come to fruition."