The Laindon Centre

 The Laindon Centre. C.F. Møller. Photo: Ninety90

Client

Swan Housing Association

Address

Laindon, UK

Size

28800 m² residential/commercial

Year

2015-

The Laindon Centre is a mixed-use, regeneration masterplan in Laindon, Essex, which will create new residential neighbourhoods and re-establish a vibrant retail-led high street. The masterplan reconnects established neighbourhoods by re-imagining Laindon High Road as an active civic space lined with flexible retail spaces, commercial units and cafes.

Underused spaces and dilapidated sites will be transformed into new residential neighbourhoods, arranged around landscaped gardens and pedestrian-friendly streets that weave through a network of public spaces. Along the High Road, a variety of apartments will occupy the upper levels of the urban frontage and retail units spill out below to street level, activating the new streetscape. A new office building will be located at the southern corner of the High Road to accommodate Swan Housing Association’s headquarters and provide a landmark building at a prominent position in the scheme.

A wide variety of residential typologies will be provided. Across the masterplan sites, a mixture of apartments, terraced, semi- and detached housing are cohesively planned to establish diverse new neighbourhoods arranged to overlook richly landscaped green spaces. The new communities will be further supported by enhanced local facilities in the form of a modern new NHS health centre building.

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Team

Construction

NU Living

Engineering

Structural: Heyne Tillett Steel
Energy Design: Hoare Lee

Architect

C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Pollard Thomas Edwards

Landscape

C.F. Møller Landscape

Awards

  • AR MIPIM Future Projects Award, Commendation - Regeneration and Masterplanning category. 2018
  • AJ Architecture Awards - Finalist. 2017
  • Housing Design Awards "Best Regeneration" Winner. 2017
  • National Housing Award - best scheme in planning. 2017
  • Shortlisted for the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Award for Planning Excellence. 2017

Energy and sustainability

High performance thermal insulation

Daylight

Photovoltaic cells / solar heating

Ventilation

Energy efficient design

High insulation values

Low energy windows

LCA

Sustainable planning

Prefabricated components

Flexibility

LED

Noise minimization

SuDS

BREEAM – Excellent

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