Colville Estate Masterplan

Karakusevic Carson Architects

Hackney Council

The London Borough of Hackney

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

Tenure: Mixed tenure:
42% Social Rent, 10% Intermediate, 48% Market Sale. 225 dph, 670 hrh

Phase 1 completed 2012
Phase 2 currently on-site, completion due 2019
Phase 3 completed 2018

London Planning Awards 2018 - Best Borough led Project 
Housing Design Awards 2012 - Best Resident Engagement Programme
Housing Design Awards 2012 - Best use of GLA Standards
Shortlisted National RTPI Awards - Best Masterplan 2013

The Colville Estate in Hackney, is located in the southern part of Hackney, close to the border of Islington, with Regent‘s Canal to the North of the estate and Shoreditch Park to the South. 

The existing estate is owned by Hackney Council and consists of 438 homes, predominantly in large medium height linear blocks, typical of the Post-War period. The estate was poorly planned and inward-looking with illegible block entrances and street patterns. 

In 2011 Hackney Council appointed KCA and submitted an Outline Planning Application (OPA) for the comprehensive development of the estate. The OPA comprises full demolition of the existing buildings and outlines the new Colville neighbourhood as a series of development zones. The new neighbourhood will be tenure-blind and accommodate up to 925 units (of which approximately 50% will be Social Rent and Shared Ownership and 50% Market Sale). The demolition, decant and construction period is anticipated to span a 12-15 year programme. 

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

The Colville Estate has one of the strongest neighbourhood spirits we have encountered in London, and its community identity is strong and thriving. Our master planning programme delivery has therefore been characterised by engaging and harnessing this community spirit, working closely with the pro-active resident steering group to develop a more dynamic and strategically viable scheme with grass root support.

The first planning stage was an Outline Planning Application for the whole site with an illustrative master plan and design code. Increased density and viability was achieved through the 3rd phase, a pair of taller buildings facing the park, with outline planning granting a 20 storey and a 16 storey tall building providing up to 200 homes for market sale/shared ownership. This created cross subsidy for the replacement of social housing to be located in the lower rise streets and courtyard buildings.

The masterplan delivers a viable mixed tenure, mixed use, master plan of 925 new homes replacing 438 existing, and creates a public realm strategy locked into the wider neighbourhood. It provides for wider regeneration and renewal opportunities to address the neglected environment through inward investment.

Phase 1, Bridport House (Development Zone B), was completed in 2011 and provides 41 new social rented units. 

Phase 2 (Development Zones C, E and F) provides 209 mixed-tenure units. The first part of this phase is due for completion in 2019. 

Phase 3 occupies the site of Harwood Court, an existing 12 storey tower block in the South West corner of the estate. The OPA identifies Phase 3 (Development Zone D) as 2 tall buildings for Market Sale, to help to cross-subsidise the construction cost of the remaining Social Rent dwellings. This phase of the masterplan was completed in 2018.

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Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
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