Housebuilder Hill has been selected as Poplar HARCA’s development partner to deliver 2,500 new homes as part of the Teviot estate regeneration in Tower Hamlets
Housing association Poplar HARCA has appointed Hill to deliver the Teviot Estate regeneration in Tower Hamlets, which could include more than 2,500 new homes, new green and play spaces, shops, community and faith facilities, and improved infrastructure.
On an 81% turnout, 86% of residents backed proposals for regenerating the estate in a ballot last year. Since then, a steering group of residents and an independent advisor have led the procurement process to select a preferred developer from five initial bidders.
‘Ensuring the community voice is heard’
Paul Mancrief, Resident Steering Group member, said: “As I have been part of an active community for over forty five years, I naturally got involved in the process of selecting a joint development partner to build a new Teviot Estate, ensuring the community voice is heard with aspirations and ideas towards a positive built outcome.
“Hill were found to be very knowledgeable with regard to the area, the issues Teviot currently faces and were full of practical ways to overcome them both now and in the future.”
Steve Stride, chief executive of Poplar HARCA, commented: “Hill demonstrated a complete alignment with the community and our vision for the Teviot regeneration to be a “best in class” exemplar for urban regeneration, putting residents and stakeholders at its heart.
“Hill provided an exceptional social value offer and illustrated a well thought through and realistic commercial bid, which balanced pragmatism with some exciting innovations and opportunities.
“We’re confident this partnership will leave a positive legacy for those living and working in East London.”
Hill will deliver a comprehensive social value package for the community over the lifetime of the development, including employment and training opportunities, enhancing of community facilities and contributing to existing services.
There will also be extensive infrastructure investment to better connect the Teviot Estate to surrounding areas and transport hubs.
‘Residents’ ambitions at the heart of the plans’
Andy Hill, chief executive at Hill, added: “We are proud to be selected to work in partnership with Poplar HARCA and residents to deliver their vision for the regeneration of the Teviot Estate, protecting the close and strong community spirit that currently exists.
“The residents’ ambitions will be at the heart of the plans, and we will bolster these aspirations with our extensive experience in creating thriving new communities and successful placemaking.
“The regeneration will boost the local economy by creating a transformed destination for East London and contribute positive social value, bringing pride and vibrancy to the area for existing and future residents.”
Poplar HARCA and Hill, in consultation with the Residents Steering Group, will now appoint a master planner with residents in early 2021.
A planning application to the local authority is expected to be finalised in mid-late 2022.