Hawkins\Brown scores hat-trick
Hawkins\Brown has found itself on a winning streak after bagging new projects in Newham and Southwark and securing planning for a key scheme in Enfield
The flurry of new work comes as the practice also learnt it has been shortlisted to design the Andersontown expo centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The company this week won planning permission for its £25 million project to redevelop the Highmead estate (pictured) in Enfield, north London.
The scheme features 120 mixed-tenure homes, 1,092m2 of commercial space and a community building on its 0.6ha site.
Doug Taylor, Enfield Council leader of said ‘For years the Highmead building has been left to deteriorate and has had a detrimental impact on the lives of residents as well as harming local businesses.
‘The new plans for Highmead demonstrate Enfield Council’s commitment to architecture of the highest quality.’
Across London, Hawkins\Brown won a competition for the London Development Agency to redevelop a 2.4 hectares at Silvertown Way in Canning Town.
The project – which could provide up to 600 homes – was one of six sites unveiled by the agency last year, and a search for the site’s development partner is expected to commence imminently.
Finally, Hawkins\Brown has won a further competition to design a £6.2 million ‘University Centre’ for South Bank University in Southwark, south London.
The project will create a new 1,500m² student services building below and within the university’s Edric Hall and brutalist ‘tower’ building and deliver public realm improvements.
Shoreditch-based Rivington Street Studio also won a job to design a £12.6 million enterprise centre for South Bank University.
The 2,600m² facility will feature ‘incubator’ units, meeting rooms, a gallery space and café, occupying a Grade II listed Georgian terrace which overlooks the St George’s circus monument.
£58m homes fund for Enfield Council
Enfield Council has won Government funding to renovate poor-quality housing in its borough of London.
The £58 million will be used in a four-year programme of work to deal with much-needed improvements that have built up across its housing stock.
Under the Decent Homes scheme, council accommodation will get double-glazing, up-to-date kitchens and bathrooms, and issues around central healing will be tackled.
Councillor Ahmet Oykner, who is the cabinet member for housing, said he was pleased with the bid’s success but regretted that the council had not got the £68m it asked for.
He said: ‘Although we are disappointed that this funding falls short of the original bid by £10m, it does enable us to plan the programme of works. We will have to focus on the most urgent works since the funding is simply not available to achieve a full refurbishment in every property and we shall be working with tenants to prioritise what works can be done.’
Some 46 local authorities were awarded cash after requests from all over the country were considered, with 24 rejected including one from next-door London borough Barnet. The north London borough of Enfield has the UK’s second-highest number of homes judged not to be decent housing.