Open House London - Peabody style
September's round the corner and that means that one of the city’s most successful events is coming round again - Open House London.
This year it takes place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September and as usual gives Londoners and visitors a chance to experience spaces that aren’t normally accessible to the public.
Peabody's Open House London locations
Peabody is joining in the fun and is pleased to be opening up eight locations this year:
BedZed (Sutton) features brightly coloured wind cowls on roofs, sky gardens and full-height conservatories. With visual appeal as well as green credentials, BedZed was the UK’s first large-scale eco-village back in 2002.
Open: Saturday 19 September 10am-1pm (guided tours on the hour)
2) Darbishire Place
Darbishire Place (Tower Hamlets) is a new housing block that was erected in 2014 on the Whitechapel Estate and we're pleased to say that it's on the Stirling Prize shortlist for the UK’s best new building thanks to considerate design by Niall McLaughlin Architects. It overlooks an internal courtyard and takes its inspiration from neighbouring Peabody Victorian buildings.
Open: Saturday 19 September 10am-1pm
3) Mint Street
Mint Street (Tower Hamlets) is a stand-out development and some of the features that make it so are: glazed winter gardens that act as a sound buffer; striking green tiles decorating the external walls; and table tennis tables* in a landscaped courtyard. *Each resident was given their own personalised table tennis bat to play with when they moved in.
Open: Saturday 19 September 10am-5pm
4) Peabody Avenue
Peabody Avenue (Westminster) was one of our first housing projects and is now part of a Pimlico conservation area. Built in 1862, with a new extension added in 2011, this (along with Darbishire Place, above) is an example of how Victorian architecture can sit very comfortably alongside well-thought out modern architecture.
Open: Saturday 19 September 10am-1pm
5) Priory Green
Priory Green (Islington), a modernist estate built in 1932, was proclaimed "an outstanding example of the socialist health and housing policies of the then borough of Finsbury…” by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A grant from the fund helped Peabody bring Priory Green back to health when it was transferred to us by the now defunct Finsbury council after years of decay, in 1998.
Open: Saturday 19 September 10am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm)
6) The Link
The Link (Thamesmead) is a state of the art community hub that sits under Harrow Manor Way in Thamesmead. “The corridor alone is amazing – it looks like a film set from Star Trek” said one visitor, Paul Sanders. The space includes meeting rooms, a digital media suite, an exhibition/drinks reception area, music studio, rehearsal room and a 160 seat theatre space.
Open: Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September 9am-6:30pm
7) Sporting Club Thamesmead
Sporting Club Thamesmead is bang up to date, too. This sports facility was designed to enhance the ecology of the site. Solar panels, rainwater harvesting and a ground source heat pump are some of the green features that keep the club running.
Open: Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September 9am-9pm
8) Tump 53
Tump 53 (Thamesmead) is a munitions testing site that’s been transformed into a wonderful wildlife reserve. With mixed woodland, a glade, pond and a reed-fringed moat, the Tump is well-loved space managed by the London Wildlife Trust.
Open: Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September 10am-4pm
Location: Tump 53 Nature Reserve, Bentham Road, Thamesmead SE28 8AS.
It's going to be a great couple of days - come along and see us!
(View information on everything Open House London has to offer here.)
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