Planning Permission for Legal and General House 20.04.20

Haworth Tompkins are working with Inspired Villages to deliver one of the UK’s largest retirement communities on the site of Legal and General House in Kingswood, Surrey. Originally by Arup Associates (1986-1991), with landscaping by Peter Swann Associates the site was listed at Grade II* in 2017.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has now approved plans transforming the vacant site into a vibrant later living community with 270 specialist age-appropriate apartments. Stretching over 43 acres, the development will enhance the local area by offering on-site amenities such as a wellness centre, dining and recreation facilities, as well as a small business centre and children’s nursery, all open to the wider community. By carefully refurbishing the listed asset and building on previously developed areas, Inspired will be protecting and enhancing the green belt asset, opening up 16 acres of parkland for general use.

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Haworth Tompkins have won an invited competition for a residential scheme at Finchley Memorial Hospital in north London. We are working with Community Health Partnerships, part of the NHS, on creating 130 affordable homes for NHS staff. Outline planning for the landscape led proposal was submitted in September, with final completion anticipated in 2023.

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Diana Dina, Head of Sustainability and Regenerative Design at Haworth Tompkins, is taking part in the RIBA Smart Practice Conference starting on 30 September. Diana will be leading the session 'Understanding your Impact and Identifying Quick Wins' as part of the Transforming your Practice session. To book tickets for the event, with two days of sessions on Confronting the Climate Emergency, please click here.

Haworth Tompkins have won Practice of the Year in the AJ100 Awards for 2020. We were also named New Member of the Year for our "business success and the quality of [our] work."