Copley Close project bags London Planning Award

by Jim Dunton Wed 5 February 2014, 9:30 am

Plans to regenerate Hanwell's Copley Close estate have been named "Best Conceptual Project" at the 2014 London Planning Awards.

The project, instigated by Ealing Council and architects Hunters, will see the refurbishment of 550 of the estate’s existing homes and public realm, alongside the construction of 205 new properties, and the addition of new community and retail facilities between existing buildings.

Last year, Ealing set up its own company to act as developer and landlord for the project, which covers an 8-hectare site in the west of the borough.

Judges - who included London Mayor Boris Johnson, the Royal Town Planning Institute, and London First - chose Copley Close ahead of competition from other regeneration schemes at Stratford and Woolwich for the award.

The accolade is designed to commend schemes that contribute to London's world city status, regenerate areas of deprivation, maximise the potential of an area, or tackle long-standing planning problems.

Judges said the scheme was a “careful, sensitive and responsive approach” to estate renewal.

They added: “The strategy addresses many of the issues resulting from the poor original layout of the estates whilst avoiding unnecessary disruption to the existing community.”

Councillor Hitesh Tailor, Ealing's cabinet member for housing, employment and skills said he was delighted that the authority’s approach to regenerating Copley Close had been recognised for its innovation and high quality design as well as its investment in local people and communities.

“Having spent time on the estate, meeting residents and listening to their concerns I was determined to drive this project forward," he said.

Work on the project is under way, with all phases due to be complete by 2019.

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