Construction begins on regeneration of Tower Court estate in Hackney
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on site to mark the milestone, attended by Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Philip Glanville, the Mayor of Hackney, Andy Fancy, Managing Director, Partnerships South (North & South), Countryside, Karen Barke, Head of Estate Regeneration at Hackney Council, Jackie Benjamin, Head of Tyssen Community School. Rabbi Avrohom Pinter from Yesodey Hatorah School, George McKee, the Chair of the Hackney Residents’ Steering Group, returning residents and representatives from Hatzola Ambulance also joined the landmark event at the scheme.
The development, named Quartet, is situated adjacent to Clapton Common and will comprise four buildings containing 80 homes for outright sale, 36 homes for social rent and 16 homes for shared ownership. Following in-depth consultation, the regeneration scheme will also offer a total of 3,115 sq m of carefully landscaped communal and accessible open space, and a new 361 sq m depot for the Hatzola ambulance service – the local Jewish-led fast response volunteer service.
The previous residents at Tower Court will have a right to return to the new homes, with the remaining social rent homes allocated to those who need it most on the council’s housing waiting list. The shared ownership homes will offer a more affordable route into home ownership for those struggling to get on the housing ladder, with priority for people living and working in Hackney.
Andy Fancy, Managing Director, Partnerships South (North & South), Countryside, said: “This is a major milestone in the regeneration of the Tower Court estate and we are thrilled to get underway. The ceremony had a real sense of celebration and brought the community together behind this transformational scheme.
“Having consulted closely with the local community, the homes at Quartet are a great example of how we ensure we are meeting the needs of homebuyers and existing council tenants by providing modern, cleverly-designed homes surrounded by thoughtfully landscaped outside space – all in close proximity to an array of local amenities and community facilities.
“Aware that the Hatzola ambulance service is a key part of the community, we are proud to have incorporated a new facility for them into our plans, along with architecture that is in keeping with the development’s historic surroundings.
“At Countryside, we take a holistic view of all our schemes ensuring that our high-quality homes create sustainable and well-loved communities.”
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, said: “With Hackney facing a severe housing crisis and over 13,000 people waiting for a Council home, this milestone is further proof that we’re doing everything we can to deliver the genuinely affordable housing we need to help families who need it most.
“Just as importantly, by working hard to understand the needs of local people here in Stamford Hill, our plans for Tower Court show that the homes we build are firmly rooted in their communities and available and accessible to everyone who might need them.”
The Tower Court Estate is one of dozens of Hackney Council building projects across the borough delivering genuinely affordable Council homes for social rent for those who need it most. The Council will start or complete around 2,000 homes between 2018 and 2022 – with the majority for social rent and shared ownership. Adam Khan Architects was appointed by the Council in September 2015 to design the new homes alongside Muf Architecture/Art, which is designing the landscape and public space. The first homes are due to complete in early 2020.