Enfield Council has won planning permission for its HawkinsBrown designed scheme to redevelop the Highmead Estate in Edmonton, North London. Following an open call in the architectural press, HawkinsBrown was appointed as lead architect by Enfield Council in May 2010 to deliver its vision for a high quality development to kick start the regeneration of communities across the borough.
Replacing an 11-storey 1960s tower block in poor condition and an outmoded parade of shops, the £25m scheme will provide 120 mixed tenure homes, 1,092 sq m of retail space, a community centre and new mews housing surrounding a community garden at the centre of the 0.6ha site.
HawkinsBrown’s scheme integrates two building typologies: family terrace houses and an apartment block in a design that features shifting planes that respond strongly to its urban context. The building is composed of different shades and patterns of brick that contrast and combine for a striking visual effect.
With an aim to restore civic pride, the local community was widely consulted on plans for the redevelopment of the estate and made a positive contribution to the final design, resulting in a popular and accessible scheme. Enfield Council has begun the process of appointing a development partner for the scheme, which is due to start on site in November 2011 and scheduled to complete in summer 2013.
Russell Brown, Director at HawkinsBrown said: "It's been an interesting and refreshing experience working so closely with a local authority which is marketing its borough's assets in competition with central London sites. They are confident as are we, that innovative design that is particular to this place will make the difference and attract new developers and housing providers to Edmonton."