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Estate demolition to begin

Published Friday, 24 May 2013

Crushers and diggers are moving onto the site of the Highmead estate this week (28 May) to complete the demolition of the 50 year old estate and accompanying parade of shops and maisonettes

This demolition kick starts the regeneration of the area and a new estate which will be complete in the summer of 2015.

The 11-storey tower block is being replaced with new affordable housing, shops, community building and a health centre in one of the most deprived areas in the borough of Enfield.

This investment in the Angel Edmonton provides a significant boost to the local community and provides much needed new homes and facilities. It is expected to attract a wider programme of investment in the Angel Edmonton area.  

Enfield Council is working with Newlon Housing Trust, who will be developing and managing the affordable housing, and estate regeneration developer Countryside Properties who are responsible for the construction of the new estate based on designs by Hawkins Brown Architects

Countryside Properties is building a modern, fully equipped health centre at the heart of the development. The scheme will also promote apprenticeships and training.

There  will be 1,037 sq m of new retail space fronting Fore Street with permission for shops, cafes, restaurants and a bar / public house.  Additionally, a 197 sq m community building will be provided. Countryside Properties is working with NHS Property Services to deliver a bespoke 769 sq m Medical Centre for the local community.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Our partnership with Countryside Properties and Newlon Housing Trust means that we have the best of all worlds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “We have first class architecture which has taken into account the ideas and needs of the community and a strong management team to provide housing services for the estate.

 “With 118 new homes with family sized affordable housing we are helping to build a stronger community. The flexible commercial space, a community building and health centre are providing an attractive development with great employment opportunities for local people.”

Richard Cherry, Deputy Chairman at Countryside Properties, said: “With the demolition of the former estate well underway, we can now prepare the site to build the high quality development with a landmark building as part of this.   We very much look forward to working closely with our partners Newlon, Enfield Council, residents and the wider community.”

Caroline Pennock, Business Development Director at Newlon Housing Trust, said, “It is great to be on site on this really exciting project to transform and regenerate the site of the Highmead Estate. We look forward to continuing to work with Countryside Properties and Enfield Council to help create high quality affordable homes that meet the aspirations of local people.’

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