Ashmole, in the Oval ward of Lambeth, is a mixture of 1930s 5-storey walk up blocks, 1970’s tower blocks, maisonettes and houses. Ashmole was managed by an ALMO until transfer to Metropolitan in 2010. Adjacent to the Oval cricket ground and bordered by high value Victorian streets and a number of schools, by the mid noughties, it badly needed extensive renovation and investment.
Metropolitan worked for five years with residents, resident groups and Councillors to develop a ballot-winning offer, which addressed residents’ key concerns. The regeneration goes beyond the physical aspects and the Ashmole Sustainability Strategy was developed to address employment and training needs, sport, health and wellbeing, and developing young people.
Ashmole regeneration sustainability features
With a wide scope and variety of improvement works we can give only a flavour here:
Residents will benefit from new kitchens, bathrooms, wiring, windows, doors and roofs: increased security features to blocks of flats and new digital TV aerials and satellites: improvements to communal spaces e.g. walkways, corridors, landscaping, lighting: increased insulation.
In addition, a community investment action plan agreed by the local board is now in place, delivering a range of community activities and training.
The refurbishment programme includes a variety of works to reduce carbon emissions, including:
- insulating roofs, walls and walkways
- cladding the two tower blocks and three blocks of maisonettes
- new double glazing and insulated wall panels
- new energy efficient heating and hot water systems, including modern communal boilers.
There will be extensive landscaping to increase Ashmole’s biodiversity, with a greater variety of plants, attracting native wildlife and we will be providing energy advice training for staff and residents.
As a result of these and other works, assessors predict that annual CO2 emissions will reduce from between 1.9 tonnes to 5.2 tonnes per unit per year, depending on property type and its location on the estate.
With the regeneration underway from 2010, learning from other projects is being applied from the start. A sustainability strategy has been developed to guide development of the plans and embed actions. The strategy covers five themes: the environment; employment and training; social inclusion and responsibility; sport, health and wellbeing; developing young people.
The £28.9m refurbishment scheme is funded by loans and not by grant.