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PTEa scoops contest to regenerate huge north London estate

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Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects (PTEa) has seen off a joint bid by AHMM and Maccreanor Lavington to win the project to redevelop the Alma Estate in Enfield

The scheme is Enfield Council’s largest housing renewal project and will see more than 700 houses on the estate replaced with 800 new council owned, private and shared ownership homes.

Originally built in the 1960s the estate includes four 23-storey towers - Cormorant House, Curlew House, Kestrel House and Merlin House - which will be demolished as part of the regeneration plans.

The towers will be replaced by a series of three six-storey apartment blocks. These blocks will be defined to the north by lower five-storey apartment blocks, and linked to the south by terraces of three-storey family houses.

The design tacklesthe estates’ existing disjointed layout, inactive streetscapes and isolation from the surrounding neighbourhood.

The project also includes shops, community facilities, and new play spaces.

Kaye Stout, director at PTEa said: ‘The regeneration of this post-war housing estate is much needed. Our design creates a place that people will actively choose to spend time in and be proud to call their own.’

Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for housing added: ‘This £150 million investment will revive this part of Enfield, providing first class affordable family homes and state of the art facilities.

‘Our vision is to significantly improve Ponders End and strengthen the sense of community so that it becomes one of the most family friendly and desirable places to live in London. We’re well on the way to achieving that goal, and the redevelopment of the Alma Estate is a vital element to achieving our vision.’

Construction is due to start on the scheme in March 2015.

Ponders End, Alma Estate by Nigel Cox

Source: Nigel Cox

Ponders End, Alma Estate

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