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Dover Court wins RIBA London Award


We are genuinely thrilled that our infill housing project at Dover Court has won a RIBA London Award.

The scheme – a revitalisation of a post-war housing estate in Islington - provides 70 new homes covering a wide range of house types and sizes along with a community centre at the base of an existing tower, as well as a consolidated and revitalised public realm.

Improving the open spaces, pedestrian routes and lighting to fashion a safe and welcoming journey home for all residents was essential to the brief with the end result designed in partnership with landscape architect Farrer Huxley.

We knew from the start, that infill housing on council estates can be controversial. If you live in a garden-less flat in a dense urban centre, you could reasonably argue that it’s wrong to reconfigure open spaces for the sake of a few homes. At Dover Court however, local residents backed our plans – because we developed them together. We asked what kind of homes were needed and established trust by ensuring residents would be re-housed on the estate.

The jury said Pollard Thomas Edwards used “a number of smart moves” to create the 58 council houses and 12 private dwellings, including using sites occupied by redundant garages.

“The result,” said the jury, “is a transformation which seems a sleight of hand and is testimony to both the vision and meticulousness of the design process.”

Congratulations to all the winners.

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