Higgins delivers £50m Ocean Estate scheme for L&Q

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Ocean Estate, L&Q, Higgins, major regeneration

Higgins has delivered the final phase of 225 brand new homes as part of the major regeneration of Ocean Estate in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

The completion of the regeneration works was marked with a celebration event in the community garden with senior representatives from Tower Hamlets and the Greater London Authority along with leading housing association L&Q and Higgins.

The latest phase, known as “Ocean H’, consisted of the design and build of three residential blocks, varying in height from two to thirteen storeys, with basement parking and associated landscaping.

Richard Higgins, chairman of Higgins Group plc comments, “The completion of Ocean Estate is a significant milestone in the regeneration of this part of East London and we are delighted to have worked with L&Q and played a major role in its transformation to deliver better housing for residents and create a safer environment for them to live in.”

Angie Hooper, land, acquisitions & planning director at L&Q, said, “We are delighted to be celebrating this major milestone at the Ocean Estate. L&Q believes that everyone deserves a quality home they can afford, and we are proud of our involvement in this transformational project.

“It was nine years ago that we first embarked on this journey with our partners at Tower Hamlets and the GLA, delivering quality homes, vibrant open spaces and employment opportunities. We look forward to working closely with the local community for years to come.”

Residents and guests at the completion of Ocean Estate

Higgins delivered a mixture of private and affordable housing, as well as the creation of two new pedestrian priority streets, which form a crucial link from the existing neighbourhood centre to the established Whitehorse Open Space.

The scheme has also provided a range of social and regeneration opportunities, including construction training and employment opportunities for local people.

With more than £220m invested, Ocean Estate has been transformed into a collection of modern neighbourhoods with a welcoming community spirit.

The Ocean Estate has won a number of industry awards, including ‘Best Place to Live’ in 2015 by the then Mayor of London. The project was also praised by the Royal Institute of Planning in their 2016 ‘Poverty, place and inequality’ report.

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