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It's hammer time for Curtis House

Published Friday, 20 February 2015

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, took the first swipe at Curtis House on the Ladderswood Estate in New Southgate, for the start of the demolition of the ageing tower block.

Curtis House is the first of several residential buildings on the estate to be demolished to make way for a huge new development.

Ladderswood’s 161 homes were built in the 1970s. The site’s mix of ageing council homes and light industrial units is being replaced with over 500 new homes, a community centre, hotel, and 1,400 sqm of commercial space providing much needed job opportunities

Enfield Council appointed New Ladderswood LLP, a joint venture between One Housing and building contractors Mulalley to carry out this regeneration at Ladderswood.

The first of the five phases started in March last year to build create 40 new homes – 23 affordable homes of mixed tenure and 17 for private sale, which will be completed in Autumn this year. The last phase is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

Cllr Oykener said, “This is the start of a huge regeneration in this part of Enfield providing well designed homes in a pleasant environment and employment opportunities for local people.

“Throughout the process we have engaged with local people to ensure that Ladderswood meets their needs. As part of the commitment to offer jobs and training to our local community the New Ladderswood LLP has also been working very closely with Enfield Council and an external training provider to ensure that young people have the opportunity to learn many aspects of the building industry.”

Alan Williams, Group Development Director at One Housing, said, “We’re pleased to be partnering with Mulalley once again to create more affordable homes for local people. The community is at the heart of this project with new high quality homes of varying tenure types, communal facilities and commercial space which will revitalise and enrich the local community.”

Mulalley Director, Eamon O’Malley added: “It’s extremely pleasing to reach another landmark in the regeneration of this estate. The removal of Curtis House and the clearance of the old industrial areas enable us to accelerate this development and provide the exciting new homes and neighbourhood we and One Housing are keen to deliver.”

Ladderswood will have the latest sustainable features, with the heating for the entire estate being supplied by Enfield Council’s ‘Lee Valley Heat Network.’ The project is on track to warm its first 40 households this Autumn. The carbon footprint of a home due to heating will be reduced by at least 50% compared to conventional fuel.

This project is part of Enfield Council’s 2020 boroughwide sustainability campaign. To find out more about Enfield 2020 and how this project is part of something bigger, please visit the website

Ladderswood regeneration will include;

• 1,400 sqm of new commercial space
• a community centre 
• a new 80-bedroom hotel
• a new combined heating and power plant

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