Colville Estate Masterplan

Karakusevic Carson Architects

Hackney Council

The London Borough of Hackney

Units and density: 
925 home masterplan (replacing 438 existing homes)

42% social rent, 10% intermediate, 48% market sale. 225 dph, 670 hrh

Phase 1 completed 2011
Phase 2A&B completed 2019
Phase 3 completed 2018

Selected awards:
RIBA Neave Brown Award 2019 - Shortlist
London Planning Award 2018 - Best Borough Led Project
Housing Design Award 2012 - Best Resident Engagement Programme
Housing Design Award 2012 - Best use of GLA Standards
Shortlisted National RTPI Award - Best Masterplan 2013

The Colville Estate is located in the southern part of Hackney, close to the border of Islington, with Regent‘s Canal to the north and Shoreditch Park to the south. The existing estate consisted of 438 homes, predominantly in large, medium-rise linear blocks, typical of the Post-War period. The estate was poorly planned and inward-looking with illegible block entrances and street patterns and a lack of communal green spaces.

The Colville neighbourhood has one of the strongest community spirits we have encountered in London with a vocal resident group who were passionate to make change. Our masterplanning programme delivery has therefore been characterised by working closely with the Colville Tenants and Residents Association (CETRA) and the wider community through an active engagement programme to develop a strategically viable scheme with grass root support.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

In 2010 Karakusevic Carson were appointed by Hackney Council to comprehensively redevelop the estate. The Outline Planning Application set out the full demolition of existing buildings and outlined the new Colville neighbourhood as a series of development zones delivered over a 12-15 year period. The establishment of a Design Code and Residents Charter at planning stage successfully locked design intent and quality into each phase of the scheme.

The new Colville Estate masterplan will accommodate up to 925 high-quality, mixed-tenure homes, replacing 438 homes and a comprehensive public realm strategy locked into the wider area. 

Bridport House, Phase 1 was completed in 2011 and provides 41 homes for social rent. 

Branch Place, Colville Estate, Phase 2A&B and Phase C delivers 209 mixed-tenure homes over three buildings alongside new public routes and spaces which reconnect the estate back into the wider area. This first part of Phase 2 of the masterplan was completed in 2019.  

Hoxton Press, Colville Estate, Phase 3 of the masterplan was completed in 2018. The scheme is formed of two tall residential buildings with 198 apartments and a new landscaped public realm. The sale homes in this third phase will help fund the construction of medium-rise council homes across the rest of the Colville Estate masterplan.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Design Team 

Architects: Karakusevic Carson Architects

Landscape/Public Realm: Muf architecture/art

Planning: Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design

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