People in Thamesmead have been using cutting-edge Virtual Reality technology to help shape the redevelopment of a neglected green space.

The innovative scheme from Peabody is part of a £300,000 transformation of Claridge Way in The Moorings and is one of the first times in the UK that local people have used this cutting edge technology to help shape their communities.

The Claridge Way – Ideas Into Action programme was launched with a tea party event where local people shared their ideas and got to view a 360-degree film of the area created by residents in collaboration with Peabody’s digital design partners, Hobs3D

This has been followed by three workshops where residents got to don immersive VR headsets and explore a 3D digital model of Claridge Way. They used VR drawing tools to place virtual objects, such as planters and benches, into the landscape and generate ideas to be developed in the work being carried out next year.

Local resident, Fatima Jagne, who took part in the workshops said: “I really enjoyed the workshop and would like to develop my skills further next time. The workshop helped me find out more about VR think about the industry I would like to join when I’m older.”

Ellen Halstead, Peabody’s Head of Strategy for Thamesmead, said: “It’s exciting to be able to harness the very latest VR and 3D technology to unlock the full potential of community spaces. It allows residents to be really involved in the design process, and gives them a sense of ownership as well as the opportunity to learn new skills in a hi-tech environment.”

Peabody is working with architects Jan Kattein on the project which will last approximately 12 months.