Nightingale Estate

Hackney's Nightingale Estate is part of a major regeneration programme which has been in
progress since 2000. The original 1970's estate had suffered from systemic deprivation and breakdown in the sense of community. WGI's brief included setting new standards for design and construction, and fully embracing the government's twin drive for regeneration and innovation. The firm's experience of housing and construction in the Netherlands was an important credential.
Built over 11 phases in a combination of refurbishment and new build and with 8 phases  completed, the regenerated, award-winning estate is an 'urban village' consisting of a low rise, high density mixed-tenure development comprising 650 new houses and flats in a traditional street pattern. Development has been phased to enable the community to remain intact. Innovative building materials and construction techniques have been employed including the first use of tunnel form based construction in a housing scheme. From the outset, WGI's participation in full stakeholder engagement helped secure residents' approval to proceed with proposals to provide a contemporary and safe place to live.

Date: 2008-2011
Location: Hackney, London
Client: Southern Hsng. Grp. & Countryside Prpts.
Value: £75m
Service: Architecture: Full Design