Ferrier Estate

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Ferrier Estate
Lebrun Square Ferrier Estate.jpg

View of Lebrun Square, Ferrier Estate, Kidbrooke.

Location Kidbrooke, Greenwich, London, England
Coordinates 51°27′36″N 0°01′37″E / 51.460°N 0.027°E / 51.460; 0.027Coordinates: 51°27′36″N 0°01′37″E / 51.460°N 0.027°E / 51.460; 0.027
Status Demolished. Rebuilt as Kidbrooke Village by Berkeley Homes.
Constructed 1968-1972
Demolished 2009-2012
Greenwich Council

The Ferrier Estate was a large housing estate located in Kidbrooke, Greenwich, south London.

The estate was a typical example of system built social housing in the United Kingdom from the 1950s to the 1970s. The Ferrier was located to the south of Kidbrooke railway station and the A2 Rochester Way, to the north of the A20, to the east of Blackheath and on the border of Eltham.

Construction and Decline[edit]

Ferrier was constructed by the London County Council on an old brownfield site to the east of Blackheath. The Ferrier Estate was built on two sites. Site A, approved in 1967, consisted of five 12-storey towers (Clegg, Crozier, Goldmark, Leclair and Sala Houses). Site B, approved in 1970, consisted of six 12-storey towers (Felton, Ronald, Stainer, Standish, Sterling and Wixom Houses).[1] The estate was built using a system of concrete panels, usually manufactured on site rather like the Thamesmead estate in order to enable buildings to be erected quickly.

While the rest of the south of the borough of Greenwich remained mainly white British, refugee families were concentrated on the Ferrier estate. The Ferrier estate had a tolerant multicultural community.

The Government Care in the Community policy resulted in people being housed there with inadequate support. Allocations decisions meant that a number of vulnerable and troubled tenants were housed there by the LCC and Greenwich Council. The estate was in the worst 3% nationally for child deprivation. Security keypads routinely went unrepaired, and in 1999, Prince Michael of Kent and the British Security Industry Association started a property-marking initiative at the Ferrier Estate, due to its notoriety as a 'burglary blackspot'.[2] This was a small help to the majority law-abiding residents.

In 2001, the "Shoe Bomber" was arrested and his origins traced back to the Ferrier estate. The press speculated that a terror cell and terrorist training facility was found on the Ferrier Estate.[3]


The Kidbrooke Regeneration is a £1billion scheme to demolish the Ferrier Estate, and replace it with a new community.[4] The regeneration will include the construction of 4,398 new homes, 300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2) commercial and retail space, a new 100-acre (0.40 km2) park, a new school, and additional features.[5][6]

Timeline of Developments[edit]

The first completed units of Phase 1 of the Kidbrooke Regeneration

Between 1999 and 2003, detailed work was carried out by Greenwich Council to assess the future of the Ferrier Estate. It was concluded that a full-scale regeneration was the best option.[7]

In July 2004, the Kidbrooke Vision scheme was given approval by the government.[8] Ferrier residents were given to believe that the scheme would be a rolling programme of redevelopment, and gave their approval. They were even encouraged to have input into the designs of the new homes. However, it became apparent soon after the first residents were removed that this was a fiction. As pressure mounted to reach deadlines, phased relocations were abandoned and residents all over the estate were moved as alternative properties became available. The result was pockets of isolation and fire escape routes through neighbouring flats being sealed off with steel doors. Vermin abounded as pigeons, rats and mice took up residence in neighbouring vacated homes. Eventually the Council, with the housing waiting lists doubling, resorted to court action to attempt to force residents to accept homes they regarded as unacceptable. The last tenants left in 2011, and it is estimated that about only about 25% have the opportunity of returning to the new homes.

In January 2006, Berkeley Homes and Southern Housing were chosen as developers for the Kidbrooke Vision scheme.[9]

In November 2007, Berkeley homes chose Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands as architects to design the regeneration masterplan.[10]

In March 2009, demolition began on the Ferrier Estate.[11]

In April 2009, Greenwich Council approved the masterplan designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.[12]

In June 2009, final planning permission for the Kidbrooke Regeneration scheme was granted by the Mayor of London.[13]

In September 2009, the ground-breaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the Kidbrooke Regeneration took place, heralding the start of construction.[14]

In January 2010, demolition began on the Ferrier Estate. A notice was served stating that demolition would be finished by 25 January 2012, a reasonable period within which to carry out the proposed demolition.

In March 2010, planning permission for Phase 2 of the Kidbrooke Regeneration was approved by Greenwich Council.[15]

As at August 2011 much of the Estate had been demolished, particularly to the west of Kidbrooke Park Rd, although some residents still awaited rehousing. Houses and flats in Phase 1 (on the former Harrow Meadow football ground at the south-east of the development area) were occupied.

As of 2012, the Ferrier Estate was completely demolished and work started on the next phase of Kidbrooke Village.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ferrier Estate, London
  2. ^ "ARCHIVE - November 1999". 
  3. ^ Burrell, Ian; Bennetto, Jason (3 October 2001). "Was this ordinary block of flats in south London home to an academy of terror?". The Independent. 
  4. ^ Hilditch, Martin (4 June 2009). "Mayor approves controversial Ferrier plans". Inside Housing (London). Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Greenwich Council
  6. ^ Kidbrooke Regeneration Official Site
  7. ^ Greenwich Council
  8. ^ "Scheme given the go ahead". News Shopper (London). 20 July 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Hopes revamp will be vision in green". News Shopper (London). 3 January 2006. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  10. ^ Bloomfield, Ruth (30 November 2007). "LDS wins Ferrier Estate masterplan". Building Daily (London). Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Demolition begins on the Ferrier Estate". News Shopper (London). 7 March 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  12. ^ Bloomfield, Ruth (7 April 2009). "Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands' Ferrier Estate masterplan wins planning". Building Daily (London). Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  13. ^ Hilditch, Martin (4 June 2009). "Mayor approves controversial Ferrier plans". Inside Housing (London). Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  14. ^ Hilditch, Martin (15 September 2009). "Kidbrooke Regeneration Begins". greenwich.co.uk (London). Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  15. ^ Keel, Dan; Chandler, Mark (23 March 2010). "Ferrier estate plans win approval for second phase". News Shopper (London). Retrieved 14 August 2010.