I am proud to announce my nomination for an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) with thanks to Victoria Thornton, founder of Open City.

The award is testament to the collective work we do at Peabody in ensuring that all of our developments foster well-being through good design, well planned neighbourhoods, and links to amenities and community facilities.

George Peabody's aim was the 'construction of such improved dwellings for the poor as may combine in the utmost possible degree the essentials of healthfulness, comfort, social enjoyment and economy'. I am passionate about a quality built environment and sustainable design and am very grateful that my contribution to maintaining the tradition of high-quality design at Peabody into the 21st century has been recognised.

All of us at Peabody work hard to ensure that our new buildings foster a sense of purpose and feeling of belonging, not only helping to tackle the affordable housing crisis in London, but also enriching communities. 

Encouraging a dynamic, healthy and outward-looking community

Key to our pipeline of around 8,000 new homes across London is ensuring that new developments are designed in a way that will encourage a dynamic, healthy and outward-looking community that will make a real and valuable contribution to the wider urban realm. So they must be visually rich, well detailed, with great materials, and lasting components.

Our heritage homes, 150 years later, still look good, add to the London streetscape and people love living in them.

Notable developments

During my time at Peabody, working with the best architects and planners, I have commissioned a number of notable Peabody developments that aim to foster well-being through good design, well planned neighbourhoods, and links to amenities and community facilities. These include:

Peabody Avenue – A £12.3 million redevelopment providing 56 mixed-tenure homes and new community facilities on the historic Pimlico estate.

Darbishire Place – 2015 Stirling Prize nominated Darbishire Place on the Whitechapel estate, completes an ensemble of six housing blocks surrounding an internal courtyard. The original block was destroyed during the Second World War.

Plaistow Hospital – To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Peabody launched an architectural competition in 2012 to develop a proposal for an exemplar housing development on a four-acre site in Plaistow, Newham. The winning design by PCKO Architects includes the sensitive refurbishment of five Victorian hospital buildings as well as 168 new-build flats and houses, including almost 40% family housing.

Previous recipients of RIBA Honorary Fellowships include artists Grayson Perry and Ai Weiwei and designer Thomas Heatherwick. 

I am delighted to receive this fellowship and am immensely proud of the work of everyone at Peabody for our combined contribution to the rich and diverse architecture of London.