Bow Cross, London
Three tower blocks have recently been completely refurbished and more than 600 high quality mixed-tenure homes have been built, whilst semi-derelict podia garages and houses have been demolished. The Bow Cross development also features newly constructed transport links, landscaped public and private gardens, together with secure car parking.
Located in an exceptionally convenient location for transport links the Bow Cross development is attracting a diverse mix of occupants which is giving the entire area a renewed sense of community.
Previously the estate had suffered from residents only being able to access the buildings via elevated walkways which were above very poorly maintained public open spaces with the estate dissected by a covered railway link. Using contemporary design principles, including a 'Very Good' EcoHomes rating, and sympathetically tackling the problems of noise, day lighting, and visual continuance, the Bow Cross development is a long-term solution to the estate's regeneration.
In 2010 the redevelopment of Bow Cross received a CABE Building for Life Silver Standard for design and environmental excellence.
CABE said "Bow Cross successfully stitches a difficult site back into the neighbourhood and contributes positively to a neglected area."