Harvard Gardens

Harvard Gardens


Regeneration in central London

Harvard Gardens is the third and final Phase of an award winning development designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards, at Albany Place – in Southwark, London.  

The former Aylesbury Estate included 2,700 homes, making it one of the largest public housing estates in Europe.  The £1.5bn regeneration programme for this estate addresses a range of challenges for client London Borough of Southwark.   Since the 1980s it had become notorious for its high levels of crime and social disadvantage.   The latest development is called Harvard Gardens, and the architects’ designs proposed to knit this part of the estate back into the physical fabric of the area and to fit in with the neighbouring parts of the retained estate, within the future context of the wider Aylesbury masterplan. 


Two new urban blocks have been created, separated by an attractive mews street. This creates 147 new mixed tenure homes, including 45 large family houses and maisonettes. 95% of the homes have dual aspect, and Rationel supplied its Aura Plus range of aluminium clad timber top guided, and top swing windows. With their aluminium cladding, they have an extended life in use, giving the clients low maintenance solution and a top quality window product. This product can achieve u values as low as 0.79 w/m2K, WER of +24.4, a decibel reduction of up to 42, and a life expectancy of 85 years.

The homes at ground floor level have private back gardens leading out to communal courtyards, and play spaces at the centre of the blocks. Apartments and terraces of houses are arranged around these two urban quarters with a continuous brick ground storey linked to garden walls and broken only by a series of well-designed entrances offering views into the central gardens, and secure access to residents.  A ten storey block and pocket park mark the corner of Thurlow Street and East Street with its famous market – one of the oldest in London.


Rationel delivered this project for award winning contractors and developers - London & Quadrant.

Rationel also supplied the composite entrance and glazed terrace doors for the 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed apartments and duplexes in this new development. Rationel entrance doorsets have the Police Initiative – “Secured by Design” badge. Testing and certification confirms the door frame and corresponding lock and hardware set can withstand the required physical tests comparable to possible criminal breaking and entering. A three point espagnolette locking mechanism, reinforced screws in the door hinge mechanism and hook bolts in hardened steel combined with a reinforced front plate, can resist even the most severe attacks.


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