This project offers an alternative vision for the Aylesbury Estate. Located in Central London the estate is currently undergoing a regeneration scheme that will see the demolition of the existing housing stock displacing the current residents. This projects shows how the buildings could be adapted to address the existing social issues created through the design of the existing architecture whilst providing much needed additional social housing.

The project aims to improve the quality of the estate by adapting and adding to the buildings using the existing concrete structure as a base to support a lightweight timber housing mass. The additional housing mass will use LVL structural panels clad in untreated larch prefabricated off-site. 2 of the core concepts for the project are to address the public realm at ground level and create cohesion between existing and future residents through design. 

LSBU Urban Wood 

The building now

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Project location;

Gayhurst Block, Gayhurst Road, London, E8 3EN.

Concept models

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Concept development

The second concept models shows the public space and street at roof level being refined. The new housing mass is supported glulam columns where it over hangs the existing structure. 1 ground floor unit is removed to create circulation routes through the estate. Ground floor unit are remodeled through threshold studies to address the street.

Threshold and transition studies

Ground floor to public realm existing units remodeled

Entrance terraces recessed into facade connected to street by small steps. This slight raising provides an extra level of privacy while still providing interaction between the street space.


Construction methodsanddetails

The designer: Tom Garton

I am currently a member of MCW Architects based in Cambridge. Prior to studying architecture, with a trade background and passion for humanitarian design I found myself working with NGO's and charities in South America. Working with such organisations I spent time focusing on disaster relief; rebuilding and recycling towns devastate by a series of earthquakes.

Throughout my studies and professional experience I have become increasingly aware of the social impact we as designers can have on the city. I aim to take the social conscience instilled in academia with me into practice and develop this throughout my career.