Oval Village, Lambeth
Regeneration Case Study

    8-acre Zone One brownfield site including 4 derelict gasholders
    Over £150 million upfront capital investment to unlock site  
    1,360 homes, including around 500 affordable homes
    £28m contribution through the Community Infrastructure Levy and S106
    170,000 sq ft of commercial space, including a new Tesco and Oval Works; a flexible workspace delivered in partnership with Landsec  
    Low carbon energy solution delivering 54% CO2 reduction over Part L

This complex Zone One brownfield site, consisting of four derelict gasholders and an adjacent supermarket and warehouse, is being knitted back into the local fabric and brought to live as a sustainable mixed-use neighbourhood.  

With a network of pedestrian streets, public squares and biodiverse landscaping, Oval Village will be a connected and welcoming part of Lambeth, delivering 1,360 high quality homes, community spaces and a mix of amenities and workspace. The site’s Grade II Listed gasholder is being sensitively restored and will form the historic centrepiece of Oval Village

Long Term Brownfield Regeneration

An Aerial Shot of Oval Village before construction

The site before regeneration, including four derelict gasholders, a supermarket and warehouse

An image of construction work at Oval Village

Complex brownfield regeneration project

A CGI of the Oval Village Court Yard

CGI of the Oval Village landscape

A CGI of Oval Village

CGI of the refurbished gasholder

An Image of Greenery at Oval Village

Phase one of Oval Village

An image of a Roof Top Garden at Oval Village

Biodiverse roof gardens delivered in phase one

Key Challenges

  • Closed-off and contaminated site including four gasholders 
  • Upfront capital investment of over £150 million prior to first housing completions
  • Complex land assembly including multiple land owners
  • Engaging the local community including close residential and commercial neighbours
  • Complex package of enabling works and remediation 
  • Retention of Grade II Listed gasholder 
  • Early delivery of a new Tesco store to release previous supermarket footprint
  • Working with London Borough of Lambeth to create the Oval and Kennington Development Area Masterplan, which led to the area’s designation as a new mixed-use community
An image of construction work at Oval Village

The Grade II Listed gasholder is being sensitively restored

Retaining a World-Famous Backdrop 

Unlocking this 8-acre brownfield inner London site has required a complex package of enabling works and remediation. Whilst the site will be transformed, a key feature of Oval Village will be retained and enhanced. The Grade II listed No. 1 Gasholder – the largest of its kind in the world and a valued local landmark dating back to 1879, will be carefully restored and will remain part of the local fabric for generations to come. 

  • Over £150 million upfront capital investment, prior to delivering the first homes
  • Retaining an active gas network pressure reduction station
  • Re-integrating the gasholders with the surrounding street network
  • Keeping the world-famous Grade II listed gasholder as backdrop to The Kia Oval cricket ground 
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Local community street party supported by the Oval Village team

Community Engagement

Community engagement has been a key priority and we work hard to ensure a wide range of local people and stakeholders shape and influence our plans and approach. A dedicated full time Community Liaison Officer oversees a year-round programme of events and initiatives to ensure local residents and businesses remain engaged and benefit from the site’s revival.  

  • partnering with 49 different community groups to run events, activities and fundraisers
  • Oval Village project team committed 600 hours of volunteer time to local projects
  • £175,000 raised for local charity, Triangle Adventure Playground
A CGI of the Oval Works Building

CGI of Oval Works

Local Jobs, Growth and Opportunities 

The regeneration of Oval Village represents a major inward investment programme, with the team targeting supplier opportunities towards local businesses:

  • 5,000 construction and apprentice opportunities and partnering with neighbouring estates to support local employment
  • 170,000 square feet of commercial and community space, including Oval Works; an innovative flexible workspace supporting Lambeth’s thriving SME community
  • delivering more than 1,000 permanent jobs on site 
A CGI of the Oval Village Court Yard

2.5 acres of public space 

Sustainable by Design

The area has a green landscape, with car-free streets, and trees and public squares across 2.5 acres of public open space.  In addition, Oval Village uses energy efficient building fabric and is implementing a site wide air source heat pump energy strategy. 

  • energy efficient building fabric
  • communal heat and power network
  • new pedestrian and cycle routes, electric car charging and car club
  • electric car charging
  • sustainable location close to transport hubs at Vauxhall, Kennington and Oval

Sustainable Travel Options

Berkeley, Oval Village, Vauxhall Station
Berkeley, Oval Village, Oval Station
Berkeley, Oval Village, Kennington Station
Berkeley, Oval Village, Bank
Berkeley, Oval Village, London Bridge
Berkeley, Oval Village, Oxford Circus
Berkeley, Oval Village, Victoria
Berkeley, Oval Village, Kings Cross St Pancras
Berkeley, Oval Village, Gatwick

Site Plan

Site Map of Oval Village
Cricket ground and surrounding area


  • Winner of the Mayor of London’s Award for Good Growth at the Building London Planning Awards 2020
  • Winner of Best Mixed Use Scheme at the London Planning Awards 2020
  • Winner of Best Housing Scheme (500 Homes or More) at the Planning Awards 2023

Our Partners

Planning Authorities: London Borough of Lambeth | Greater London Authority
Architects: GRID Architects | Formation Architects | Rolfe Judd Architects  
Landscape & Ecology: HTA
Housing Association: Peabody
Commercial partners: Landsec | Tesco

A picture of people standing on a roof together
A picture of our partners