Hackney Council / The London Borough of Hackney
Higgins Construction Plc
Designed and delivered following significant community engagement, the first two phases of the Kings Crescent Estate Masterplan combine carefully refurbished and new social housing within an ambitious public realm and civic amenities. Importantly for a project of its kind, the design is completely tenure blind, with social rent, locally affordable and market sale homes mixed seamlessly throughout the masterplan.
Our aim was to re-link the run-down and partially demolished estate back into the city and improve the lives of residents who had been left living around a hoarded off pile of rubble for almost two decades. In our re-design, well-overlooked and connected streets and spaces extend to link-up with the wider urban grain and create a strong framework for the placement of new residential buildings. A semi-pedestrianised and landscaped ‘playstreet’, Murrain Road, is at the heart of the scheme and links all homes to nearby Clissold Park. Furnished with traditional and interpretive play equipment, the street is a lively and active place where people can meet neighbours and friends.