Regeneration of Packington wins Hyde ‘Best Development’ Award
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Featured and also in Communities, Housing
Union Square Packington
Housing association, The Hyde Group, recently received yet another accolade for the regeneration of the Packington estate which adjoins Regent’s Canal in Islington, London. This time it was awarded ‘Best Development’ for Packington Square at this year’s ‘What House? Awards’, the most prestigious and longest established New Homes awards.
The awards unveil exciting, dynamic new developers delivering pioneering projects to their local markets, as well as highlighting the innovations of the industry's major house builders who build across the country.
Packington - the first industrialised building project in the area in the 1960s - was downtrodden and soulless and suffered many of the problems typical of housing estates around the country. Hyde has been working in partnership with Rydon to demolish the estate consisting of 538 structurally defective flats, and replace them with 791 new mixed-tenure homes.
Steve White, the Hyde Group’s Chief Executive said: “I’m immensely proud of what has already been achieved in the regeneration of Packington Square. We’re so pleased that as the project progresses we get more recognition for our efforts – everyone seems to have fulsome praise and admiration for this fantastic scheme.”
The judges welcomed ‘a return to traditional streets and squares… with a contemporary interpretation of period style’.
The early phase of the project consists of canalside homes, a new terrace echoing the elegance and proportion of the original Union Square, a youth centre, and The Arc a strikingly curved new block - with apartments for sale and rent - and a brand new community centre.
The judges added: “The whole development is an outstanding and well considered design that has addressed very difficult issues and has been very well constructed. We add this Gold Award to a project that has already rightly received much acclamation.”