Labour candidate for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan recently paid a visit to Kings Crescent in Hackney as part of his interview for BBC1 Sunday Politics show. During his visit he was able to meet local apprentices and residents who have gained employment on the site through Higgins Group.
Kings Crescent is the only Council and resident-led regeneration estate in London to combine refurbishment of existing Council blocks with construction of new homes for social rent, shared ownership and private sale.
Steve Leakey, Managing Director of Higgins Construction PLC comments, “We are delighted that Sadiq Khan was able to take time out to visit Kings Crescent and meet some of the team behind this exciting but challenging regeneration project. It was also very exciting for us all to see our development on TV.
“Kings Crescent is one of our flagship developments and is an excellent example of how we are working with the local community to ensure that we employ local labour and deliver a project that existing and future residents will be proud of.”
Kings Crescent Estate is a large regeneration projectfor which work started in late 2014 to increase the number of Council homes for social renting from 195 to 275, renovating 101 existing ones to beyond the Decent Homes standard, as well as building 115 new homes for shared ownership and 376 for private sale to help pay for all the works in the absence of government funding. Higgins Group 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.
Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Glanville said: “Kings Crescent is one of the biggest housing regeneration projects in Hackney. By the time it is finished, we will have delivered 490 new homes for local people and refurbished all existing Council homes to beyond the Decent Homes standard, all in the absence of current government funding.”
Kings Crescent is part of Hackney Council’s borough-wide programme to deliver 2,760 homes across several estates.