Award winning car free mixed use development of 268 high quality homes for all ages. Including older peoples accommodation, a vibrant community centre and commercial space, a new public square and play area.
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Fraser Brown MacKenna,
Pembury Circus was designed by Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects and developed by Peabody in partnership with Bellway Homes.
It is a new mixed-use development that replaces an under-utilised and unsafe part of the neighbourhood, which had become associated with crime and anti-social behaviour.
The design replaces 35 hard to let bedsits with 268 high quality new homes. It provides a setting for a successful mixed community of all ages – offering 25 homes for older people, a nursery, a large community centre with neighbourhood management offices, shops, a new public space and play areas.
Pembury Circus is part of a major regeneration process that has been undertaken by housing association Peabody, after the Pembury estate was transferred from Hackney Council in March 2000.
Since then, Peabody has invested over £73 million in improvements to residents’ homes and the physical surroundings at Pembury, and a further £2.2 million in community programmes.
Design and layout
The new homes and community facilities are arranged in five new buildings that respond to the varied townscape; the ‘Old Pembury’ Estate to the west formed of 1930s walk up blocks, ‘New Pembury’ to the north and east created in the 1960s, and the mid-Victorian semi-detached villas and the Pembury Tavern on Dalston Lane to the south in the Clapton Square Conservation Area.
The use of brick for the ‘outer’ faces of Pembury Circus ties the building to its context in a contemporary way. The recessed balconies contrast with projecting balconies and the softer materials used on the inner face that overlooks the new courtyards.
The architects tested various massing options, working closely with the local planning authority, CABE, and Design for London to secure planning consent for a 12-storey building on the corner of Pembury Road and Dalston Lane. The foot of the tower provides a focus for the Pembury Estate and wider neighbourhood. Two private courtyards provide play areas for children while a roof garden is provided for the older people’s accommodation to the north east of the site.
The new community centre offers a range of activities for residents of all ages: from reading clubs for parents and young children, through to social events for older people.
The Pembury Children’s Community started in 2015 and is led by Peabody and Hackney Council. The partnership is working to ensure that the 1,000 children and young people living on the Pembury estate get the best out of life.