Archio are working with Southwark Council on a garage infill site on the Astley Estate, having been appointed through the new Southwark / LHC Framework.
The site is an opportunity to create new affordable homes for local people, whilst also delivering wider estate improvements, in particular tackling antisocial behaviour issues that residents have raised as a major issue on the estate. Archio are currently working with a ‘Resident Project Group’, a self-selected group of estate residents, on design proposals which are due to be submitted for planning in mid 2021.
Working with the resident group we recognised that young people were not attending meetings and were therefore underrepresented in discussions. To address this, we made contact with 'Young Advisors', a charity that works with community leaders to help them better engage 16 to 24-year-olds in decision making and service improvements.
The Young Advisors are now supporting us to engage more young people in the design process to find lasting solutions to the issues faced by residents.