Award winning designs

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Award winning designs

RIBA recognised the architectural achievements of ten projects across Camden, with two funded through our Community Investment Programme ranking among the private builds.

In Holborn, the regeneration of the Bourne Estate was commended for its high quality homes that are in keeping with the Grade II listed layout of the original 1905 estate. The development delivered 44 new council and Camden Living homes, a new hall for the Tenant’s & Residents Association and creatively designed public spaces. In presenting the award, RIBA noted that the Bourne Estate was an example of developers getting new social housing right, ‘genuinely providing the opportunity for residents to move back in after building works were completed’.

Site architect, Matthew Lloyd, said, ‘Matthew Lloyd Architects are thrilled that the Bourne Estate project has just won a prestigious RIBA Award. To everyone in our industry these are the premier national awards for building design quality.’

‘Camden itself’, he continued, ‘should be very proud indeed of the achievement here: this is new council housing of the highest quality that will serve the Borough for decades to come with these excellent new homes’.

Over in West Hampstead, Kingsgate Primary School took home an award for its architectural excellence. The new school, which has been a hit with parents and pupils alike, offers bright and spacious classrooms that allow children to interact with each other and their learning environment in new ways. In addition to the improved facilities, the expanded primary school also offers up to 420 new primary places in the North West of the borough where demand has been highest.

Maria Joao Reis of architects Maccrenor Lavington said, ‘The success lies in a true collaboration between client, contractor, design team, school users and local community in embracing this exciting opportunity and creating an exemplar teaching and learning environment which has the highest green credentials.

Kingsgate and the Bourne Estate were funded through our Community Investment Programme. The Community Investment Programme is our innovative strategy for plugging gaps in national funding through the sale of newly built homes and underused assets. Using this model, we’re able to build council homes, schools and community facilities, delivering a finished product that more than matches the private sector. It would not be possible to complete projects like Bourne or Kingsgate without the Community Investment Programme; this week’s RIBA awards are testament to this effectiveness of our building strategy.

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