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Claredale Street wins Civic Trust Award

The Civic Trust Awards was established in 1957 to recognise outstanding architecture, urban design, landscape and public art which improve the quality of life for local communities. Successful projects must also be culturally, socially or economically beneficial, and make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment.

Awards are given for buildings and schemes which were architecturally outstanding and made positive differences to their local community. Each entry is judged by a voluntary panel including an Architect, Inclusive Design Advisors, a members of the Planning Authorities and a Local Community Representative.

Claredale Street in Bethnal Green, by Karakusevic Carson Architects for Tower Hamlets Community Housing, a local Housing Trust, is one of the award-winning projects which were selected from 333 entries to recieve a Civic Trust Award in 2011. This award adds to the accolades for the project, including; Cabe ‘Building for Life’ Gold Standard, an RIBA National Award nomination, Richard Fielden Award for “Best Affordable Housing” at the Housing Design Awards 2010 presented by the Homes and Communities Agency.

The scheme replaces Lasdun’s accompanying low-rise block by re-instating two north-south streets in the Victorian street pattern. Judges remarks included: “An abiding impression of the new scheme is that it takes great care in each defining home from public space”. It does it with three elements: an apartment block, a perimeter block of 2-and 3-storey houses and another 3-storey terrace of town houses.

The scheme replaces Lasdun’s accompanying low-rise block by restating two north-south streets in the original grid. “An abiding impression of the new scheme is that it takes great care in defining home from public space”. It does it with three elements: an apartment block, a perimeter block of 2-and 3-storey houses and another 3-storey terrace of town houses.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
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