Rydon is the developer and contractor on a major scheme to regenerate the Packington Estate in Islington, London. The project is being delivered in a 50:50 joint venture partnership with the Hyde Group, with residents in occupation, across an eight-year, six-phase programme.
A total of 538 structurally defective flats on the estate are being replaced with 791 mixed-tenure houses and flats. These new homes are being funded through a combination of DCLG funding which was successfully secured by the Hyde Group and cross subsidy from the development of 300 open market sale apartments and new infrastructure. 491 of the new homes will be for social rent, 135 of which will be three, four, five and six bedroom family homes.
Rydon was selected with the Hyde Group by the London Borough of Islington and the residents of the Packington Estate as their preferred contractor/developer partner for the regeneration of the Packington Estate in Islington, following success at competition stage.
A series of consultations, workshops and interviews demonstrated a desire to return to the type of community preceding the 1960s estate. Requests included provision of family houses with front doors at street level and private space. Long-standing social residents were offered housing in the best locations - in canal-side homes by Regents Canal, in private mews and in Union Square.
The masterplan focuses on cracking open the estate, opening access routes and reconnecting the community with the surrounding area. Clusters of low-rise buildings blend with neighbouring terraces. The historic street pattern has been reinstated and Union Square restored with a street of replica Georgian townhouses.
All new buildings maintain sustainable principles achieving Excellent Sustainable Homes Accreditation for the first two phases, through use of CHP technology, green roofs and other energy efficiency features. 100% of the social housing meets ‘Lifetime Homes’ standard and 10% of housing is wheelchair accessible. Phase 3 will meet code 4 for sustainable homes.
The local environment now comprises 1,640m² of non-residential space, including a newly created canal side park, community centre, adventure playground and youth centre. The playground wraps around the youth centre and contains a main activity space, an arts and crafts space and a computer/quiet room.
Innovative employment initiatives form an integral part of the estate’s economic regeneration. The first ever Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Construction’ programme to be held totally on a live construction site was successfully held at Packington for local, young unemployed people. Since then, a second two-week training and experience programme was held, and nearly 30 young people in total have gained CSCS cards, necessary to secure employment on any construction site.
Packington’s regeneration has been recognised by the national press and has also been highly successful in a number of awards, including:
“The Packington Estate is being transformed from isolated blocks of intimidating and soulless housing into a living community with real heart and purpose. I never in my life thought I would get a home as spacious as this and it is by far the best of its type in London, it really feels like a palace!” Mrs. Yurukogullari, Packington Estate social housing resident.
In January 2016, Packington was hailed as an exemplar of successful regeneration to “revive some of the most deprived estates” by the UK Government, as part of the launch of the Prime Minister’s proposals to transform 100 of the most rundown housing estates across the country.
David Lunts, GLA Executive Director of Housing and Land, said of the scheme in 2015: “The Packington Estate is a shining example of how we can all work together to get everything right, from resident involvement through to building design. In an ever changing city, like London, it’s crucial that we continue to work in partnership to provide much needed, high quality housing.”
HRH The Prince of Wales and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis toured the scheme to publicise the launch of the 2014 Prince’s Foundation publication titled Housing Communities: What People Want, which captured the public’s concerns about new out-of-scale buildings replacing the old 1960’s towers.