The regeneration of a Hackney housing estate has taken another step forward with the appointment of Higgins Construction to build 70 new Council homes for social renting and six for shared ownership on Colville Estate.
Higgins Construction will begin work on Phase 2 of the Colville Estate, Hoxton, shortly, and continue until 2018, after being formally appointed on the £40 million job.
Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The Council has pledged its commitment to providing new homes and community facilities for residents, and it’s welcome news that Higgins Construction will be starting work soon.”
Higgins Construction will also build 40 properties for private sale, to help pay for the new Council homes for social renting and shared ownership, along with 129sqm of new retail space and improvements to the estate such as new lighting and roads.In addition, open spaces and public realm landscaping will be developed in relationship with nearby Shoreditch Park and the Regents Canal.
Paul Cooke, New Business Director for Higgins Construction, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the contract for the second phase of Colville Estate. As an organisation we are committed to taking on local labour and will be creating employment opportunities for local people through our training and apprenticeship schemes.”
The regeneration of the Colville Estate is taking place in a number of phases over a 15-year period, with the first phase, Bridport House, completed in 2011, delivering 41 new Council homes for social renting.
In July 2015 it was announced that Anthology had been appointed as the development partner for the third phase, to build 198 homes for private sale, which will also help pay for the new Council homes for social renting and shared ownership across the rest of the estate in the absence of any government funding. The Phase 3 works will begin in parallel with those on Phase 2.
In total, there are more than 400 homes at Colville which are no longer economical to refurbish in the long term, and which are being demolished to provide new Council homes for social renting and shared ownership, with private sale homes also built to help pay for the works in the absence of any government funding. All Council tenants have a Right to Return to a newly-built home on the estate, with resident leaseholders offered a range of options to help them move into a new home.
The regeneration of the Colville estate is part of a borough-wide, 18-site Council housebuilding programme which will deliver 2,760 new homes, over half of which will be for social renting and shared ownership.
A Meet The Contractor Event is taking place on Thursday 9th June from 2pm to 8pm at Colville Community Centre, 35 Branch Place, London, N1 5DD where members of the local community can come along and meet the team.