Community Co-DesignUrban Design

Sutton Estate

A feasibility study for a community group to demonstrate the range of possibilities for improving the Sutton Estate in Chelsea instead of demolishing it.

The Save the Sutton Estate campaign was created in response to a planning application submitted by Affinity Sutton (now Clarion) in 2015 which looked to reduce both the number of social housing homes and the overall number of homes on the estate.

Our work involved organising a co-design workshop, attended by local residents and local councillors, and then, together with an expert team of architects, working up the outcomes into a study that demonstrates that there are several possibilities to improving the Sutton Estate which do not involve wide scale demolition and which could increase both total housing and total affordable or social housing.

Update: In November 2020 Clarion Housing submitted a planning application for the sustainable refurbishment of four buildings for affordable homes and landscape improvements across the estate.


Save the Sutton Estate


2015 - 2018