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Robin Hood is no dead duck

Robin Hood Gardens can be refurbished for £70,000 per unit, says Stephen Cherry of Horden
Lee Cherry (‘Robin Hood faces execution’, AJ 27.09.07). This compares with £107,132 per unit at New Islington (AJ 10.05.07); £102,673 per unit at Barking (AJ 13.09.07); and £150,181 per unit at Bourbon Lane (AJ 20.09.07).
On this basis, Robin Hood Gardens is far from a dead duck economically and, as we know,
too many of the problems of mass public housing are the result of poor maintenance and worse management. If the economics aren’t killing the scheme, what is needed is imaginative design to make a project a success.
Alec Dirks, property management,
Hampshire County Council

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