Higgins Construction PLC and Hackney Council held a second ‘Meet the Contractor Day’ at Kings Crescent Estate in Hackney on 19 September where members of the local community came along to find out more about the regeneration of the estate.
Higgins Construction is refurbishing existing Council homes and building an additional 79 for social renting and 36 for shared ownership, along with properties for private sale in order to fund the regeneration. The open day was held in and around the community centre and gave people the chance to ask questions and view information boards about the development programme and see artist impressions of the new homes and the external refurbishment.
Daniel Nevs, a resident of Datchworth Court, said: “I would be interested in finding out more about the regeneration. I’ve lived here since I was born, for 21 years. There are a lot of kids that live here, and if there will be things for them to do that will be useful.”
Gordon Riddock, Project Director for Higgins Construction at Kings Crescent comments, “These days are extremely important to us as they allow us to forge positive relationships with the estate’s residents and local community. We are also extremely committed to forging strong links with local businesses and creating opportunities for local people through our training and apprenticeship schemes. Kings Crescent is an exciting but challenging regeneration project but we know that once completed it will be enjoyed by the existing residents, future residents and visitors.”
During the day children enjoyed activities from Albion Kids Show and tried their hands at sports including soft sumo wrestling as well as soft play, a giant pirate ship and a music lorry with stage for karaoke. There was also a DJ throughout the day and food provided by local caterers.
Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “It’s important that we discuss with residents how we’re going to deliver high quality new Council homes for social renting, and good to see so many people out enjoying the sun and finding out more.”
Kings Crescent Estate, in Hackney, is a large regeneration project to deliver 765 homes for social renting and shared ownership, refurbished homes and private sale homes. Higgins Construction is working on the first phase of the five year programme to develop 273 new build properties and external refurbishment works to a further 101 homes.