Studio Raw have been commissioned by Lewisham Council to facilitate a dialogue with residents of the Achilles Street estate about its potential re-development. The estate, in New Cross, is being considered for re-development to increase the amount of council owned homes for social rent to help the meet the target of delivering 1000 new social homes across Lewisham.
Making use of a community room and outside space on the estate, we have created a welcoming and open space for residents to visit and discuss the possible re-development plans and the ballot, raise concerns and ask questions. The simple project structure was conceived in response to the phrase ‘Let’s bring it to the table’ and aims to invite all voices to contribute to the conversation about the possible re-development of the estate. By gathering around a table, residents can share thoughts, tell stories and ask questions, partaking in constructive conversation alongside each other. The table aims to empower residents to find their own voice and contribute in the conversation on their own terms, in their own time.
The project aims to understand both individual and collective views and raise questions and concerns shared by residents. We seek to ensure all voices are heard through the creation of intimate moments for meaningful exchanges and open conversation over a three month period. Conversations are documented carefully, detailing concerns and collecting questions which will be used by Lewisham Council to form an appropriate offer for residents in response to their questions, concerns and needs. The residents offer will provide a basis for a ballot in which residents can vote for or against the re-development of their estate.