Ashmole, in the Oval ward of Lambeth, is a mixture of 1930s 5-storey walk-up blocks, 1970’s tower blocks, maisonettes and houses. The estate 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 and Councillors to develop a ballot-winning offer, which addressed residents’ key concerns. The regeneration programme goes beyond physical redevelopment: 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.
Extensive landscaping will also 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, assessors predict a reduction in annual CO2 emissions of between 1.9 tonnes to 5.2 tonnes per unit per year, depending on property type and location on the estate. A sustainability strategy has been developed to guide development, covering 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.