urban design and masterplanning
Civic Trust Award 1990
Housing Design Award 2000 for Design Potential
BDA Award 2002: Best Public Housing
BDA Award 2002: Building of the Year
Britannia Home Builder Design Award 2002: Best Development of the Year
Britannia Home Builder Design Award 2002: Best Partnership Housing - Housing Design Award 2002 for the Completed Scheme
RIBA Award for Architecture 2002
Community Initiative Award 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991
Times/RIBA Community Enterprise Awards 1989: The Communities Projects Foundation Award for Partnership
Affordable Housing Providers 2002 (In Association with Higgins Construction)
Civic Trust Commendation 2004
CABE Gold Standard Sustainability Award 2007
The Angell Town project is a pilot scheme in Brixton, South London, which addresses the design and management problems typical of a 1970s deck-access estate. The initiative to improve the environment of what had become a ‘sink estate’ came initially from the tenants, who were very keen to make sure that the proposals by the London Borough of Lambeth were tailored to the needs and desires of people of the estate. The Pilot Project comprised a radical remodelling on three floors of the flats above the garages and associated external areas. It included 15 new flats with individual stair access and improved interiors, new rooms built by converting the redundant access walkway, 15 new flats converted from disused car parks and a new square with a safe railed-off play area to replace a previously unused and unattractive patch of grass.
Apart from improving the housing and urban environment, an essential component of the regeneration of Angell Town was the introduction of a range of facilities to encourage street level activity. The disused car park at ground level was converted into 20 studio/workshops, a hairdresser's, laundrette and corner shop, while community facilities include a café, clubroom, recording studio and an enterprise centre for start-up businesses. Income from rent of the studio offices helps fund the communal and training facilities organised by the Angell Town Community Project.