L&Q - Excalibur, SE6
This exciting regeneration project in Catford will deliver 371 brand new homes for rent and sale. With the involvement of local people, we are creating an attractive and inviting new environment that will offer quality homes and services to old and new residents alike.
We look forward to continuing our work with local people to create a lasting legacy in Lewisham.
The Excalibur Estate is made up of 186 prefab bungalows. Built in 1946, the homes were hurriedly erected during an acute housing shortage following the Second World War. The prefabs had an intended lifespan of only 10 years. Sixty-five years later, they remain - outdated and in poor condition.
In 2005 the Council investigated the cost of improving its homes to bring them up to Decent Homes Standard. Due to the condition of the properties, it was decided that the best option for Excalibur was to redevelop the estate and provide new homes for the existing residents. This would be subject to a tenant vote in favour of the proposal.Regeneration
L&Q began work with the Council and local residents in 2007. Since then, the project has evolved from a stock transfer into a regeneration scheme. It retains its key principles, but is now able to access government funding for the building of the new homes. This is assisting us in overcoming numerous challenges including the financial implications of the global economic crisis, the fall in the housing market and the Grade II listing of six prefabs.The vote
In July 2010, residents of the Excalibur Estate voted on the regeneration proposals put forward by L&Q and Lewisham Council. With a huge turnout of around 90% of residents, a majority verdict was returned in favour of redevelopment.Planning
Work then began to further develop the designs. In November 2010, we submitted a planning application for the estate, and in April 2011 we were delighted to hear that it was approved. This was later followed by GLA approval of the application.
The new estate is designed to meet the needs of both current and new residents, and provide a long-term sustainable community. The current 186 prefab homes will be replaced with 371 new houses and flats. These will include a mixture of affordable homes and additional flats and houses for sale, shared ownership and equity ownership. Associated community space, road systems and infrastructure will be created as part of the regeneration process.What now?
We've now entered into contract with a company called Keepmoat who will deliver the first homes in Phases One and Two. These Phases are expected to be completed in October 2017.
Keepmoat have appointed a Resident Liaison officer, Chloe Bennington. Chloe is based on site and acts as the main point of contact between residents and the contractor. Her role is to keep residents informed about construction activity on site, answer any queries and quickly and effectively resolve any concerns. Her contact details can be found in the 'contact us' section below.
The decanting of residents in the later phases continues. The majority of will move directly from their old home into a new home on the estate. Some residents have expressed an interest in moving off-estate and these voluntary moves are being explored. Where residents have chosen to move elsewhere, property guardians are living in many of the vacated prefabs to keep them safe and secure until the building works begin.
Regular liaison meetings continue to be held with the resident Excalibur Steering Group. This will make sure that residents continue to remain the focus of our work on the estate.