Residents at the Kings Crescent Estate welcomed royalty yesterday when HRH The Duke of Kent visited Kings Crescent in Hackney to view the hundreds of new homes being built on the estate. The royal visit included a tour of the site with Mayor of Hackney also in attendance to show the regeneration that is taking place to the area.
Paul Cooke, New Business Director of Higgins Construction comments, “It was a real honour to be able to show his Royal Highness around Kings Crescent Estate and see for himself the progress being made on site. As part of the tour he was also able to meet several of the local residents who have been employed on site as part of our Local Labour Initiative.
“Currently 24% of our labour on site comes from the local area, ranging from labourers, traffic marshals, data coordinators and site administration. We are extremely proud of this and committed as an organisation to training and development through apprenticeship schemes and academy programmes.”
During the tour The Duke of Kent was given an overview of the scheme and was able to view a Shared Ownership flat, a new social rented flat and a private sale flat. He was also able to see for himself the refurbishment of existing council homes and the new winter gardens and balconies which have been added.
The £100million, five-year project is one of Hackney’s largest regeneration schemes, part of Hackney Council’s borough-wide programme to deliver nearly 3,000 new homes across 18 sites – with more than half for social rent and low-cost home ownership. Located in Stoke Newington, between Brownswood Road, Green Lanes and Queens Drive, the five year master plan will see a mixture of refurbishment of existing homes for social renting, new private sale homes, and new Council homes for social rent and shared ownership.
Higgins has been appointed to build the first phase of the five year master plan of Kings Crescent which, when finished, will provide 765 homes (total for phase 1 and 2), of which 490 will be new build for shared ownership and private sale, 79 new Council homes for social rent, and 195 refurbished properties to beyond the Decent Homes standard. These will be built in blocks ranging in height from five to 12 storeys, with space for a new community centre and retail units at ground floor level. Nearly 100 new trees and revamped public spaces will also be provided.
Phase one features 273 new build properties and external refurbishment works to a further 101 homes. The tenure mix of the new build properties comprises of one, two, three and four bed properties, of these 79 are to be rented, 36 intermediate and 158 private sale.
Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, said: “It was an honour to join the speaker in welcoming His Royal Highness to Kings Crescent to show him how the fantastic partnership between residents, the Council and Higgins is delivering vital new homes for local people.
“I’m proud that Hackney is delivering more social housing than anywhere else in London, and through our ambitious regeneration programme we’ll do all we can to build the housing that Hackney needs.”
Residents are expected to move into the first new homes next year once construction on the first phase of the regeneration scheme is completed.