Colville Estate, Hackney wins Best Borough Led Project at the London Planning Awards

Posted: 20/02/2019

The Colville Estate in the London Borough of Hackney has been awarded Best Borough Led Project at this year’s London Planning Awards.

The regeneration of the Colville Estate is one of the largest projects in Hackney. Higgins was appointed by Hackney Council as development partner for phase 2 of the redevelopment of the Colville Estate – which provides more than 100 new homes – including seventy, which will be for social rent, offering a high-quality, Council homes to existing residents whose decades-old properties were in disrepair.

The development also includes six homes for Shared Ownership and 40 properties for Outright Sale  to help pay for the new social housing in the absence of any government funding.

Steve Leakey, Managing Director of Higgins comments, “I would like to congratulate all the partners and stakeholders involved in delivering such a successful and flagship project. From the outset we have all worked closely in the form of consultation meetings and workshops to ensure all parties were informed and involved in the design process of the masterplan and throughout the construction stages. This has led to an award winning scheme of exceptionally high standard being delivered and has set a standard for local authority-led housing in the borough.”

Designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects and David Chipperfield Architects, when the regeneration is complete, Colville Estate will provide 935 homes, of which over half will be for social rent allocated directly to families already living on the estate, or for Shared Ownership. The strong collaborative approach between all stakeholders has shaped a new strategy for other regeneration projects within the borough.

The London Planning Awards, now in its 16th year, celebrates standout planning and development projects from the last 12 months. It is organised by London First, London’s leading business group, in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society London, and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Commenting on the success of the winners: Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ Executive Member for Housing and Planning, said: ​“London faces a worsening homelessness crisis. With 55,000 London households living in temporary accommodation, it’s essential that we build more homes. 

“But it’s also crucial that development is high quality, environmentally sustainable, and wins the support of the local community. This is why we’re proud to be part of the London Planning Awards – celebrating the outstanding development projects that are so important to meeting London’s housing needs.”

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