Next month it will be 50 years since the first families moved into Thamesmead. Since then a lot has happened in London’s ‘New Town’ and now some 45,000 people call the area home.
There’s now opportunity to build 20,000 much-needed new homes and thousands of new jobs to go with them. These are in addition to new leisure, cultural and commercial facilities right here in Thamesmead.
Peabody is not just another housing developer. Inspired by philanthropist George Peabody’s mission to provide safe and affordable housing for the working poor of Victorian London, today’s organisation helps people make the most of their lives by providing good quality affordable homes, working with communities and promoting wellbeing. This means Peabody is well-placed to deliver the changes needed in Thamesmead. It has 150 years of experience, all focused on putting the most vulnerable first, and building and looking after neighbourhoods that people want to live in.
Peabody is taking a ‘whole place’philosophy to Thamesmead, ensuring a lasting contribution to the physical, environmental, cultural and economic wellbeing of the area. The Elizabeth Line will start running from Abbey Wood this December, and there are plans to extend the DLR too. This means Thamesmead will soon be very well-connected to the City and the West End. Yet it will retain its own cultural vibe, whilst being a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of central London. It all adds up to very exciting times for Thamesmead. Peabody is set to deliver over £1 billion of significant improvements to housing, green spaces, waterways and economic prosperity. And of course, encourage a thriving artistic and cultural scene in Thamesmead.
There is every opportunity for you to engage with this exciting and innovative process, and ensure your views are understood and recognised. A simple way to start is to pop into Peabody’s Information Hub at 216 Yarnton Way DA18 4AX, where you can view a scale model of the entire town, learn more about Peabody’s exciting ‘whole place’ philosophy for Thamesmead, and how you can get involved in shaping your neighbourhood’s future.
If Thamesmead is a part of the world you call home, please pop in and say hello. The Hub is open from 11am - 4pm every Tuesday and Wednesday and the first Saturday of every month.