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Hawkins\Brown wins Harrow estate masterplan job

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Hawkins\Brown has won the contest to masterplan the regeneration of the Grange Farm estate in Harrow

The practice saw off competition from Karakusevic Carson, PRP, BPTW and Conran to bag the job for the masterplan and feasibility study of the 3.9 hectare site.

The £75 million scheme for Harrow Council will create a high density, mixed tenure neighbourhood of around 500 homes replacing the site’s existing 225 ‘system built-resiform’ flats.

The existing prefabricated homes are arranged in identical three-storey clusters across the suburban site and according to the council, have not aged well and have come to the end of their useful life.

The practice’s will replace these homes with a series of streets, squares and a village greeen surrounded by a variety of housing types.

Glen Hearnden, portfolio holder for housing at Harrow council said: ‘The council is excited with the prospect of being able to replace these tired flats with new modern homes.

‘At a time when social housing stocks are under pressure we are really pleased that we have created an opportunity to improve the living standards of some of our existing residents, who have put up with sub-standard homes for too long.’

The scheme is set to be submitted for planning in spring 2016.

Project data

Location Harrow
Type of project masterplan
Client Harrow Council
Architect Hawkins\Brown
Landscape architect Grant Associates
Value £75 million
Site area 3.9 Hectare
Units approximately 500 plus 400m2 community space
Density approximately 125 units/Hectare
Procurement PQQ, ITT, Design Competition and Interview (7 invited to tender)
Scope RIBA Stages 0-3 – feasibility – planning determination
Programme planning application – Spring 2016

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