Southwark's Great Estates

Below you can browse the dozens of Council estates demolished as part of Southwark's 'regeneration' strategy.

20 years of demolitions and sell-offs

20 years of demolitions and sell-offs

In June 1997, Tony Blair chose the Aylesbury estate to launch the Labour government’s urban...

North Peckham estate

North Peckham estate

North Peckham estate regeneration was Southwark’s first regeneration scheme and was initially put together in...

Willowbrook estate

Willowbrook estate

Tonbridge House, the main block on the Willowbrook estate containing 112 council homes, was demolished...

Sumner estate

Sumner estate

The Sumner estate was demolished as part of the Five Estates North Peckham regeneration. It...

Camden estate

Camden estate

All 874 council homes of the Camden estate were demolished as part of the Five...

Gloucester Grove estate

Gloucester Grove estate

Gloucester Grove estate was part demolished and part refurbished. It originally consisted of 1,210 flats...

Bermondsey Spa regeneration

Bermondsey Spa regeneration

The Bermondsey Spa scheme involved the demolition of 15 council-owned sites across a 50-acre area,...

Silwood estate

Silwood estate

In 2004, demolition started of 95 council homes on the Silwood Estate, Rotherhithe. This was...

Coopers road estate

Coopers road estate

In 2006, demolition started on the Coopers Road estate near Old Kent Rd. It comprised...

Elmington estate

Elmington estate

Demolition of 519 homes on Camberwell’s Elmington estate began in 2008. The Elmington estate’s ‘regeneration’...

Acorn estate

Acorn estate

In 2009, the Wood dene blocks of the Acorn estate comprising 323 homes were demolished....

Heygate estate

Heygate estate

In 2014, demolition started on the Heygate estate’s 1,212 council homes. Council leader Peter John...

Aylesbury estate

Aylesbury estate

Aylesbury estate was selected by Tony Blair for his first speech as prime minister on...

Housing stock decline

Housing stock decline

Since 1999, the borough has lost more than 13,000 council homes (see graph below) and...

Selling off council homes

Selling off council homes

It is not just council estates being demolished. Southwark has a ‘void disposal policy’ which...

Municipal buildings

Municipal buildings

Southwark’s ‘modernisation’ drive has also seen it sell off a number of municipal buildings including...