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Mae bags Hillington Square job

Mae has landed the commission to redesign the 1960s Hillington Square housing estate in King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Chosen from a shortlist of eight practices, Mae will now work up designs for the project which aims to revamp the estate’s 15 residential block.

As many as 77 practices submitted proposals to the competition which was judged by designer Wayne Hemingway, Hillington Square residents and staff from site owner Freebridge Community Housing.

Wayne Hemingway of HemingwayDesign, which will work with Mae on the project, said: ‘We had a wonderful response from the architect community, the opportunity to work on such a challenging and potentially socially rewarding project has clearly struck a chord.

‘It’s often a cliché to say that “it was hard to choose a winner” but in this case it really was difficult, the standard was very high.

‘However the chosen practice, Mae Architects presented great thinking and importantly demonstrated a passion and desire to join the team, and work with the residents and the wider community in transforming Hillington Square and helping to make Hillington Square an eminently more liveable part of the town and a place that Kings Lynn is proud of.’

Alex Ely, partner at Mae added: ‘The estate needs a lot of love and care and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to work with Freebridge Community Housing and the community to help make a difference to the area and to residents’ quality of life.

‘Through hard work and good design we will aim to ensure the long term sustainability of Hillington Square.’

Tony Hall, Freebridge chief executive said: ‘Hillington Square is a very exciting scheme and with the help of our residents we aim to transform the area into a place people are proud to live.’

The estate was built between 1967 and 1971 to re-provide housing after slum clearance in the area.

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