The regeneration of the Holly Street estate involves the social, economic and physical regeneration of an East London neighbourhood of 1100 dwellings. Nearly 1000 dwellings will be demolished and replaced with houses and small blocks of flats. The client is a consortium of housing associations and Laing Homes.
No 255 Queensbridge Road is a 19-storey tower block and is the only one of the four original blocks on the estate to be retained. The interior has been completely stripped out and renewed. The disused balconies have been enclosed to form new conservatories, and the whole block has been clad in a high-insulation metal rainscreen, which will help to achieve heating costs of £2 per week per flat.
Residents have been fully involved in the design and in developing the management policy, which includes a 24-hour concierge service. The block will be let to older residents only (with no children) and is now 80 per cent pre-let.
London Borough of Hackney Comprehensive Estates Initiative
LBA: Adrian Bagley, Claire Booth, Irene Craik, Mark Emery, Patrick Hammill, David Levitt, Alistair McEachern, Lucy O'Reilly
Symonds Travers Morgan
Ove Arup & Partners
ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Laing Technology Group
BARROW VALLEY ENTERPRISE PARK
lba's own development company, Pilot Properties, has brought forward a 20ha mixed development on the former site of a cotton printing works in Lancashire. The first stage, which has been completed, was the construction of 1.6km dual carriageway and roundabout access to the site.
The scheme includes a 12ha business park which is being developed in a joint venture with Enterprises plc, for which the practice is the masterplanner, and a 2ha roadside services complex including a hotel and a petrol filling station. The scheme is receiving financial support from the European Regional Development Fund and English Partnerships.
The first building in the park will provide 2000m2 of serviced offices, designed by the practice.
Office spaces are designed around a top-lit core to minimise the length of circulation corridors and provide linked spaces of differing volumes and characteristics. Materials include timber cladding, curtain walling and a lightweight metal roof on a steel frame.
North West Limited
LBA: Rachel James, Gary Tidmarsh
STRUCTURAL & SERVICES ENGINEER
Ove Arup & Partners
David Lomax and Partners
LBA: Mark Sumner, Sally Prothero
LBA: Andy Jobling