Section: Building & Regeneration

James Brokenshire publishes consultation on banning combustible cladding

Posted 19.06.18
GOV.UK: Article link

The Housing Secretary has announced a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings.

The cladding believed to have been used on Grenfell Tower was unlawful under existing building regulations and should not have been used. The government wants to ensure that there is no doubt about which materials can be used on high-rise residential buildings.

This consultation is inviting views on the proposals to revise the building regulations to ban the use of combustible materials in the inner leaf, insulation and cladding that are used in external wall systems on these buildings.

Residents, industry and other interested parties will be able to have their say on proposals affecting the safety of homes.

The government is legally required to consult on substantive changes to the buildings regulations before any change in the law and this consultation will end on 14 August 2018.

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Regeneration scheme in South Kilburn wins two prestigious awards

Posted 01.06.18
Network Homes: Article link

Network Homes' South Kilburn regeneration scheme Kilburn Quarter has won Development of the Year at the RESI Awards and Best Regeneration Project at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards.

The development is a defining scheme in the £600 million regeneration of South Kilburn, where we have worked with Brent Council to transform an area once blighted by gloomy post-war tower blocks, poor infrastructure, anti-social behaviour and crime into a green, open and inclusive mixed tenure neighbourhood with 229 homes.

The scheme saw the demolition of two run-down 20 storey 1960s tower blocks, which were replaced with four handsome low rise blocks of six and seven stories and a public square on the main road.

The development has 103 homes for social rent and 126 for private sale. The blocks are placed around a gated courtyard, which also boasts a children's play area.

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Triple award success for 'thriving' Woodberry Down in Hackney

Posted 01.06.18
Notting Hill Genesis: Article link

The transformation of Woodberry Down in Hackney into a thriving new community for thousands of families earned three prestigious awards within a week.

It was named Best Large Development at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2018, following on from a double success at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards.

There the 30-year development, in Manor House, had been named both London Project of the Year and Best Regeneration Project.

So far, 1,497 homes have been delivered, with another 563 currently under construction. By the time the regeneration is complete, there will be more than 5,500 new build apartments, 41% of which will be affordable housing.

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Updated 22.06.18

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