Kings Crescent Estate in Hackney has been awarded the coveted Mayor of London Mayor’s Prize at this year’s New London Architecture awards.
Kings Crescent Estate has been recognised for its inclusive design, reflecting the Mayor of London's ambition for 'Supporting Diversity' as expressed through the Good Growth by Design programme, and creating a city for all Londoners.
"The Kings Crescent Estate is a great example of how estate regeneration can preserve existing diverse communities and support them through periods of change. An example of combining sensitive refurbishment together with new buildings and great design, which has created a neighbourhood people can be proud of." said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
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.
Steve Leakey, Managing Director for Higgins Construction comments, “It has been an award winning year so far for Kings Crescent Estate and we are delighted that it has received this latest award from The Mayor of London. Kings Crescent isn’t just about new homes. It is an exemplary model of what is possible when a partnership is formed between all involved including the residents who will ultimately form the community.”
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.
The project has also delivered new jobs and training opportunities for Hackney residents, with 12% of construction workers from the local area and 26 apprentices delivered with 19 apprenticeships completed. 31 people have entered sustainable employment.
The project has also retained the best buildings of the existing estate whilst providing new homes for existing residents. Kings Crescent Estate has also won a number of awards including RIBA National Award and RIBA London Award where the judges commented that “this project shows that community combined with local authority-led development can be a way forward to create a robust model for new and refurbished housing.”
The New London Awards recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital, including both new and proposed projects across all sectors of the built environment, selected by an international expert jury.