Fosters Estate: Co-design project gets the go ahead

Last week, the London Borough of Barnet unanimously approved plans for the improvement of Fosters Estate. Subject to GLA approval, the project will guide the overall upgrade of the 1960s era estate and the introduction of more than 200 new homes, including 75 extra care homes.

The design process has involved a highly collaborative approach that brought together residents, neighbours and local organisations to jointly shape the masterplan with the design team. A Community Steering Group was set up to work with and guide the work of the design team.

The proposals aim to evolve the estate from a place generally accessed by car to a more pedestrian and cycle-friendly one that is knit into its surroundings through new routes. New insertions and additions are of a typologically rich mix: from two-storey mews and terraced houses to stacked maisonettes and apartment buildings. Only one building is to be demolished. The masterplan also aims to create a shared landscape with new play spaces and a central green space that remains at the heart of the estate.

‘Fosters Estate is an unusual project in that every decision on every tricky issue was taken with the Community Steering Group and discussed with the wider public who came to our workshops and open events,’ says Hendrik Heyns, Partner at Allies and Morrison, ‘this masterplan would look very different if it wasn’t for them, their priorities and their ideas.’