About the Project

The Carpenters Estate is embarking on an exciting new chapter, with £1bn being invested in the area over the next 10 years.

What the new Carpenters Estate will deliver

The Carpenters restoration and regeneration programme will deliver over 2,000 high quality sustainable homes with 50 percent at social rent. As part of the Council’s climate emergency response, 314 existing homes (44 percent) will be restored to the highest green economy standards, ensuring all existing council tenants, homeowners and those with a right to return can remain on the Estate.
The new Carpenters Estate will be an even better place to live, with a mix of houses, maisonettes, flats, and green spaces in between. Outside you’ll find attractive planting and safe, neighbourly streets. 

The new homes will range in size from one bedroom to four-bedroom family homes. The homes will be in buildings of varying heights and designed for a mixture of needs, including homes for older people and those with accessibility requirements. New homes will be brighter and built to last, with high quality materials, they  will be built with sustainablity in mind, to modern standards, helping to reduce energy bills.

The tallest buildings will be located adjacent to the railway line and lower and mid-rise buildings will be in the centre of the estate.

The restored and regenerated estate has been designed with residents in mind, including new replacement community and sports facilities and a mix of non-residential uses (including, shops, cafés and workspaces) at ground floor level. In the new central square, there will be lots of green spaces, including new communal gardens and play areas.

The Carpenters Estate restoration & regeneration programme will also deliver on the Council’s inclusive growth agenda – providing hundreds of local jobs and apprenticeships, investment in local businesses through local procurement and new inward investment to the borough throughout its 15-year delivery timeline.

It will be easier to get around with direct access to Stratford Shopping Centre and a new entrance to Stratford station, connecting The Carpenters Estate to London, the UK and the World.

The future of the new Carpenters Estate

  • The Carpenters Estate is one of the largest estate regeneration programmes in London.
  • It will deliver 2,152 homes, 50% will be genuinely affordable social housing, 50% will be intermediate and private housing, alongside a new state-of-the-art community centre, green spaces and new job opportunities.
  • Plans have been shaped through an extensive co-design programme with exisitng residents.
  • Plans were overwhelmingly supported by 73% of residents in an independent ballot (with a 66% turnout - much higher than other estate ballots and local elections).
  • 44% of homes will be refurbished including two of the three existing high rises.
  • All residents will benefit from the estate refurbishment and can stay on the estate if they choose to.
  • This proposal is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, it will deliver the long-awaited renewal of the estate, with much needed homes that meet residents needs and are, well designed, high quality, sustainable and genuinely affordable.
  • Newham has over 35,000 people on their housing waiting list. The Carpenters Estate regeneration will eliminate overcrowding and unsuitable housing conditions on the Estate and provide an additional 500 council homes to help ease local housing pressures.

The history of The Carpenters Estate

In 1767 The Carpenters Company, a City of London livery company, purchased a 63-acre farm estate in the parish of West Ham near Stratford, as a revenue investment.

Many of London’s factories, including The Yardley Box Factory, were built on the canals of the River Lea, The Great Eastern Railway and Carpenters Road in the following decades.

To house the workers for these factories, The Company of Carpenters built rows of Victorian terraced houses between Carpenters Road and the neighbouring town centre of Stratford.

The Company of Carpenters made efforts to improve the lives of the area’s employees and residents, including building a school and social club for the area.

Carpenters Estate from Stratford Railways, 1970 Dennison Point construction in 1967

The Rebuilding of The Carpenters Estate

During the Second World War Stratford was a frequent target for air raids, and by the end of the war much of the original Carpenters Estate housing had been destroyed or was badly damaged.

The present estate was built in 1967, combining low rise housing, maisonettes and three tower blocks: Lund Point (1967), Dennison Point (1967) and James Riley Point (in 1969).

The area has since undergone massive changes following the construction of the Olympic site, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford City E20 development, and there have been similar plans to regenerate The Carpenters Estate. Now, in partnership with Newham Council, Populo is leading the delivery of a programme to transform The Carpenters, to provide many more of the high-quality homes the area needs.

The Masterplan

Read about the £1bn outline masterplan for The Carpenters Estate – London’s largest estate restoration and regeneration scheme