Wooddene was formerly a 1960s concrete build estate forming part of the Acorn Estate along Queens Road in Peckham, Southwark. The project will regenerate the area into a mixed tenure development with an on-site energy centre that will serve our 333 new homes, along with the Acorn Estate.
At a glance
The new Wooddene Estate will benefit from new community facilities, retail space, landscaping and open green space with private and communal garden areas and a community pocket park. Improvements will also be made to surrounding areas and public spaces, including Queens Road and Hollydene.
- Architects: Jestico Whiles
- Contractor: Higgins Construction
- Units: 333 (54 social rent, 78 private sale, 201 shared ownership, one commercial)
Explore the development
About Wooddene Estate, Southwark
What's been completed so far?
January 2015 marked the start of development. As part of the enabling works, we built a new energy centre which will serve the Acorn Estate and the hundreds of new homes to be developed on the scheme.
The work also included the creation of an impressive 33m high lattice chimney structure which will replace the site’s existing white chimney. This feature will have wider benefits in the borough, as while one half of the chimney structure will be used by the new Wooddene Estate, the other half will be used by Southwark Council.
Why were there delays?
Work to prepare the land at Wooddene for new homes started in September 2016, however, during the site investigation our contractors discovered low-level contamination in the ground. We’re working hard to ensure that this is removed in a safe, controlled way. The Local Authority has stipulated strict conditions which we’ll follow when preparation works begin in April, which include taking measures to minimise the noise, dust, vibrations and traffic from the site. We expect these enabling works, which also involve the removal of existing below-ground structures, to take approximately three months to complete, at which point construction of the new estate works will commence.
What's happening now?
Detailed designs are well underway and work on the site began earlier in 2017.
Groundwork had begun in summer with the drainage being installed. Once that was complete, piling work was started.
By the end of this year, passers-by will be able to see the concrete structures of the building start to become visible over the hoardings.
Supporting local people into training and careers
The project is currently working to create a construction apprenticeship programme. For more information, please read about our construction training initiative.