Higgins has been shortlisted at this year’s UK Housing Awards for its work in “Resident Employment and Training” at Kings Crescent Estate in Hackney.
The award looks for an organisation that has played a vital role in supporting residents into training and work, whether it is through traditional means or innovation and has resulted in a lasting impact on the quality of lives of the tenants.
Richard Higgins, Chairman of Higgins comments, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award as it demonstrates our commitment to a community as a whole when it comes to estate regeneration.
“Kings Crescent regeneration isn't just about new homes. We have delivered new jobs and training opportunities for Hackney residents, with 12% of the construction workers coming from the local area and 26 apprentices delivered with 19 apprenticeships completed. In total 31 people have entered sustainable employment.
“The social impact of the project has also exceeded the cost revealing a positive social impact of £2,132,843. For every £1 invested by Higgins, £3.99 was created in social value, with the clear majority created through employment and training, in particular the movement of unemployed people into employment at 78%, creating a unit cost saving of £10,321 per person for the state.”
For over 20 years the UK Housing Awards have remained the symbol of excellence for the Housing sector, providing a platform for industry-wide recognition celebrations for boardroom leaders, landlords, councils and contractors alike. The awards, organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing, will be held on 1 May 2019 at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London, and attended by more than 1,000 housing leaders.
Higgins was appointed to deliver the first two phases consisting of 273 new and 101 refurbished homes, 41% for Social Rent and 10% Shared Ownership, achieving 50% affordable housing. Of the 273 new homes, 158 were Private Sale, which funded delivery of the rest of the scheme.
Designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects in collaboration with Henley Halebrown Architects and Muf Architecture/Art LLP, the project has been influenced by an extensive community engagement programme, ensuring the design best reflects the needs and aspirations of residents and local people. The project is an example of future local-authority housing.