Developer Notting Hill Housing Trust have selected HTA Design to lead the regeneration of London's infamous Aylesbury Estate. HTA will work on the masterplan for the entire site, and have also been selected as the lead architects for the first stage of the , working alongside Hawkins Brown and Mae Architects.
The £1.5 billion redevelopment will see the iconic post-war estate torn down and reconstructed in stages over the next 20 years, with different architects working on the detail design for each stage. In total the masterplan provides for 4,200 homes, a significant increase over the 2,704 in the existing estate.
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The Aylesbury Estate was constructed between 1963-1977, when it was one of the largest housing estates in Europe. Over the years it became a notorious example of the difficulties of post-war housing, with former Prime Minister Tony Blair promising that "there would be no more forgotten people" in a speech he delivered from the estate. The perceived image as a place of urban blight also led to a number of appearances in popular culture, most notably as the setting for the 2009 Michael Caine film Harry Brown.
Southwark Council decided upon a complete reconstruction in 2005, with a number of plans proposed since then by architects including Will Alsop and Levitt Bernstein. After a number of false starts, and an initial phase of 147 homes completed last year, Southwark Council decided to select a single developer for the entire project, and this week the Notting Hill Housing Trust signed a deal to finally deliver the regeneration.
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