Garratt Lane And Atheldene Road Regeneration Gets Underway

Major rebuild for new corner of Earlsfield

An artist’s impression of a new look for the corner of Athledene and Waverton Roads. Picture: Wandsworth Council
An artist’s impression of a new look for the corner of Athledene and Waverton Roads. Picture: Wandsworth Council

The 1960s and 70s shops and buildings between Garratt Lane and Atheldene road are about to be demolished to make way for housing, a new health centre and pharmacy, commercial units and outdoor spaces.

The new buildings will range between two and five storeys and the scheme will also incorporate landscaping, pedestrian routes, and car and cycle parking.

The developer is Higgins Homes, an established Essex based developer with a wide portfolio covering new builds, restoration and conversions.

193 residential units are planned, and will be offered at both private and affordable tenure with both houses and apartments featuring gardens, balconies and terraces. Affordable housing will be available as shared ownership, social rent, intermediate rent or replacement housing.

The architect is Pollard Thomas Edwards, whose projects have included Angel Waterside in Islington, Enfield’s Alma Neighbourhood and Lewisham’s Deptford Market Yard.

Construction is to go ahead in two phases, and the regeneration site covers council-owned brownfield sites in Garratt Lane and Atheldene Road, the garages north of Oakshaw Road, some of Wilna Road and Waverton Roads, Sherwood Lodge and the Brocklebank Health Centre.

The site viewed from Swaffield Road
The site viewed from Swaffield Road

The Brocklebank Health Centre is currently still operating from the site and will carry on doing so while a new building for the GP surgery is constructed next door. Barkers Pharmacy is being temporarily rehoused on the flower bed area in front of the health centre building. A spokesperson said, “We are very excited at the prospect of having a new building to provide our patients with a great environment and up-to-date facilities.”

Designer/architects Jestico + Whiles explain the aesthetics behind the regeneration: “Victorian streets provide a template… Original routes, lost over the past century, are re-instated, improving connections between the residential neighbourhood and the busier Garratt Lane.” And in a nod to the Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis de Bernieres, who lived in the area for many years, “A new public space, de Bernières Place, is the heart of the scheme.”

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March 14, 2022