In 1991 Waltham Forest Housing Action Trust was the second trust set up but the first to tackle a high-rise estate. The first hat was a low- rise cottage estate refurbishment of around 2000 houses in Hull, wound up last year. hats are non-departmental public bodies set up by the then Department of the Environment.
Waltham Forest hat took over the housing stock on four estates: Cathall Road, Oliver Close, Boundary Road and Chingford Hall, with a budget of £227 million. Phase one included a masterplan by Hunt Thompson Associates which also designed around 600 homes with the council architects' department.
prp Architects was drafted in to revise the masterplan for phase two in 1994. It designed more than 500 homes, four shops, a pub and community centre with a gym and youth centre. Well over 1000 brick homes have been built so far.
Phase three, which is ongoing, is being worked on by Hunter & Partners. The architect is making further revisions to the masterplan based on demographic changes. When the project is completed in 2002 it will include around 2500 homes on traditional street patterns.