Little Gearies and Heathcote/ Glade Court, London


This project provides innovative strategies to densify two estates within the London Borough of Redbridge while delivering 136 new homes.

The scheme at Little Gearies delivers 103 affordable homes across 5 buildings with a high portion of 3 and 4 bed family homes. There are two apartment buildings delivering 35 units each with 3 rows of terraces which deliver houses and flats located in ‘bookends.’ The estate currently suffers from a high quantum of uncontrolled parking and a lack of ownership and diversity to outdoor areas. By introducing new terraces between each existing block, new home zones are created to the fronts and private and communal gardens to the rear. This strategy allows cars to be removed from outdoor resident amenity and helps define public, semi public and private areas. The scheme is delivered in two phases with a modest number of units (11) demolished in the second phase to allow for the second flatted block to be built. The apartment blocks are clad in a burnt orange clay hung tile whilst the terraces are faced in brick. These materials are aimed at extending and refreshing the existing materials palette in a sensitive and considered manner.

The project at Heathcote and Glade Court delivers 33 affordable units across three infill developments across the two conjoining estates. The new buildings are strategically located where they have least impact on the amenities of existing residents and where they can deliver wider benefits to the existing residents through improved security and associated landscaping. The new buildings are two and three stories, brick faced with pitched roofs to sit sensitively into the context. They are simply and robustly detailed to refresh the estate in a quiet and elegant manner. No existing housing is proposed to be demolished, thereby avoiding the need for decant.

The project has been developed on a fast-track programme to meet GLA funding deadlines. Extensive consultation has taken place through the Covid-19 emergency through newsletters to update residents, Zoom video presentations, live chat room sessions and questionnaires. Avanti has led a multidisciplinary team and has managed and appointed all the required desktop and field surveys. Specific Covid-19 procedures were established to ensure safe working of survey operatives.

Both projects have received planning consent with Avanti novated to deliver the projects now starting on site in summer 2021.


Affordable Housing, London – UK, London Borough of Redbridge, Regeneration, Residential, Urban Housing,


Location London Borough of Redbridge

Area UK

Status Design

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