Local authorities are increasingly acting as developers; but how do they deliver the highest quality housing with often constrained budgets? London boroughs are leading on this, so we led a group of Kent & Medway local authorities on a study tour of exemplary council-led housing developments in London.
This guided tour took the group to two major developments; the Kings Crescent Estate and the Colville Estate, both situated in the London Borough of Hackney. This study visit was very topical, as only the night before the Kings Crescent Estate, part of the estate regeneration masterplan developed in collaboration with Henley Halebrown and Karakusevic Carson Architectswas awarded the NLA Mayor’s Prize 2018.
During the guided tour of the Colville Estate participants heard from the design teams and those within the Council behind the scheme, including Ken Rorrison, Regeneration Design Manager, London Borough of Hackney and also Chloe Phelps, Head of Design at Croydon’s Brick by Brick development company.
To finish off the day there were talks and discussion with our contributors at Karakusevic Carson Architects.