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PTE triumphs in Havering housing competition

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Pollard Thomas Edwards has won a mini-competition for a new affordable housing scheme in Havering, east London

The practice defeated PRP and BPTW to win the 500-unit scheme for affordable housing developer Circle.

A total of 16 practices – drawn from Circle’s framework – were invited to compete for the scheme on New Road close to the planned Beam Park station which will open in 2020.

The developer purchased the prominent Somerfield depot plot from its administrators for £17 million earlier this year.

At the time the site already had planning permission for 497 homes, a community centre, commercial premises and an energy centre.

Commenting on the purchase, Circle development director Philip Browne said: ‘Havering is set to undergo a major transformation over the coming years and we are excited to be part of that.

‘We believe this site provides a real opportunity to create a vibrant mixed tenure development in an area that will benefit from significant infrastructure improvements.

‘We are looking forward to working with the local community to deliver more much-needed homes in the borough.’

Nearby schemes by the same developer include the £80million Orchid Village estate regeneration drawn up by PRP.

The latest project is located within the Rainham and Beam Park Housing Zone and the London Riverside Opportunity Area which aims to deliver 26,500 new homes and up to 16,000 jobs locally.

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  • 'A vibrant mixed tenure development' - meaning various permutations of to-rent and to-buy, or a mixture of affordable and unaffordable?
    And it would be interesting to see images of the previously approved development of the site, which had only three less homes but included a community centre, commercial premises and an energy centre.
    Less 'vibrant'?

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