Kings Crescent Estate wins a RIBA National Award

Posted: 10/07/2018

Kings Crescent Estate has won a RIBA National Award. The awards recognise the best buildings of the past 12 months and include major public and commercial projects from Britain’s major cities to private buildings in remote locations.

Steve Leakey, Managing Director of Higgins Construction comments, “We are extremely delighted that Kings Crescent Estate has received the coveted RIBA National Award and has been recognised amongst the best buildings in the UK. I would like to congratulate all our partners and teams involved in this award winning project.”

Higgins Construction was appointed as contractor by Hackney Council to deliver the first two phases of 273 new and 101 refurbished homes, 41% for Social Rent and 10% Shared Ownership, achieving 50% affordable housing. Of the 273 new homes, 158 were Private Sale, which funded delivery of the rest of the scheme.

Designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects in collaboration with Henley Halebrown Architects and Muf Architecture/Art LLP, the project has been informed by an extensive community engagement programme, ensuring the design best reflects the needs and aspiration of residents and local people. 

RIBA president, Ben Derbyshire said, "For over 50 years the RIBA Awards have celebrated the best new buildings, large or small; shining a light on trends in the construction industry and illustrating why the UK’s architects and architecture have an enviable global reputation.

"I am particularly pleased to see some excellent examples of large-scale housing schemes amongst this year's winners," he continued.

"Projects such as these are beacons showing how it is possible for enlightened local authorities and developers to create the well-designed, desirable and sustainable homes that communities so desperately need."

"From exceptional mixed-use buildings that bring a community together, and breathing new life into dilapidated historic buildings, to getting the best value from an awkward site or limited budget, every one of this year's award winners is a testament to the architects' skill in solving a range of challenges to create projects that will inspire and delight their users and communities for years to come," he added.

Kings Crescent Estate represents an alternative model to large-scale estate regeneration, demolition and rebuild. Informed by an extensive engagement programme with residents and strong collaboration with Hackney Council, the project is an example of future local-authority housing. New and refurbished buildings are integrated to form robust courtyard blocks, combined with communal courtyard gardens and play spaces. The three new buildings which vary in height between 5 and 12 storeys are constructed from a simple palette of brick, concrete, steel and

The Royal Institute of Architecture aims to support British architects and introduce new people to the world of architecture.

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