Residents at Colville Estate in the London Borough of Hackney recently took part in a Balconies in Bloom theme as part of their regular community drop in events.
Residents were able to come and talk about the ongoing regeneration works and the garden project planned for the existing estate and also pot some vegetables, herbs and flowers to take home with them.
One resident commented, “I enjoyed having tea and coffee and planting vegetables, flowers and cress with my friends on the estate. I have lots of plants already and I am also keen to become involved in the community garden project.”
Higgins Construction is working on the latest phase in the redevelopment of the Colville Estate – which will bring more than 100 new homes – including seventy, which will be for social rent, offering a high-quality, Council home to existing residents whose decades-old properties were in disrepair.
The development also includes six homes for shared ownership and 40 properties for outright sale – to help pay for the new social housing in the absence of any government funding.
In total, the regeneration of the Colville Estate, which started in 2010, will see 935 new homes and community facilities built to replace ageing buildings uneconomical to repair – with around half for social rent and shared ownership. The first phase of the regeneration saw 41 new Council homes for social rent built at Bridport House, on Bridport Place.
The development is part of Hackney Council’s Estate Regeneration Programme, which is building nearly 3,000 homes across the borough during the next ten years, with more than half for social rent and shared ownership.