Demolition work is under way in Hackney as part of a major £400 million regeneration programme for eight of the London borough’s housing estates.
The diggers moved in last month on the Kings Crescent Estate, the first in a scheme to regenerate a total of 1,234 homes and improve community facilities.
“Residents can now see for themselves that the Estate Renewal Programme is swinging into action,” said Councillor Jamie Carswell, Deputy Mayor of Hackney.
“It is set to help improve the quality of life of thousands of residents, and is one of the borough’s biggest regeneration schemes.”
Over a period of five to eight years, homes on the following estates will be either redeveloped or refurbished: Alexandra National House, Bridge House, Colville, Kings Crescent, Marian Court, Tower Court, Rendlesham House and Ottaway Court.
An innovative feature of the regeneration work is a council pilot scheme being organised with the Building Research Establishment, aimed at boosting construction recycling.
The amount of reusable building materials being thrown away is being monitored, while the target is to either recycle or reuse up to 96 per cent.
All affordable homes will be built to Lifetime Homes standards, so they can be adapted to meet peoples changing need throughout their lives, with many being wheelchair accessible.
A third of the newly-created affordable family-sized homes will have three bedrooms or more.
Hackney Council and the preferred Developer Consortium, FUTURES, are aiming to achieve Code Level Four of the Code for Sustainable Homes rating and methods of renewable energy generation should lead to at least a 20 per cent reduction of carbon emissions on site, exceeding the newest and toughest targets set by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.
A total of £900,000 will also be invested in community development activities, including initiatives to help residents access employment and training.