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Henley Halebrown and Stephen Taylor scoop Hackney infill contest

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Henley Halebrown and Stephen Taylor Architects have won Hackney Council’s latest competition for a series of residential infills at the De Beauvoir Estate north of Hoxton

The practices will work with planning consultancy Imagine Places to provide 170 new homes on four sites on the estate, one on the canalside and three on Downham Road.

The work forms part of the council’s Housing Supply Programme, which aims to provide more than 400 homes on 14 sites across the borough.

A statement from the architects said: ‘Unlike many estates damaged by waves of maintenance and refurbishment, the architecture of the De Beauvoir Estate remains intact and unusually coherent.

‘The architects’ approach will celebrate the original social, spatial and material ambitions for the estate.’

The estate consists of five tower blocks and a series of lower-rise blocks of maisonettes.

It was designed by Burley Associates and built in the late 1960s on former industrial land on the north bank of the Regent’s Canal, south of the Victorian streets of the De Beauvoir Town Conservation Area.

At the competition stage, the team proposed using quadrangle blocks, which it said ‘bring a collective intimacy reminiscent of London’s historic galleried inns’.

The material palette of the new buildings will ‘echo the character of the existing brick and concrete architecture’, the statement said.

The proposals will also accommodate new community space and workspace along with public space improvements.

The competition for the Housing Supply Programme was first announced in August last year and was divided into two lots: the De Beauvoir and Frampton Park estates, worth a total of £1.34 million.

In May, Hackney appointed East and Dutch firm Hans van der Heijden Architect to work on the Frampton Park Estate scheme, off Well Street in Victoria Ward.

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