Colville Estate Regeneration, Hackney

Client: London Borough of Hackney

The London Borough of Hackney had attempted to regenerate the Colville Estate over many years, but failed either due to viability issues or lack of support from residents. Hackney was determined to find a high quality solution, and commissioned a new scheme from Karakusevic Carson Architects (KCA) supported by Tibbalds providing planning, urban design and design management advice.

There was uncertainty about how the estate regeneration was to be procured, and so a flexible approach to planning was essential. Tibbalds led the process of developing parameter plans and design codes for the outline planning application, balancing the need for flexibility with Hackney’s ambitions to secure high quality development.

The scheme delivers a phasing strategy that enables on-site decanting of existing residents in a single move. Together with the enhancement in value created through the attractive network of tree-lined streets and spaces, the scheme overcomes the obstacles that had previously blocked regeneration.

The first phase was shortlisted for a Housing Design Award in 2012.

Shortlisted for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2013.