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Walthamstow Town Centre

Client Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association and Hill

Site area 0.67

Number of homes 121

Homes per hectare 263

Local authority London Borough of Waltham Forest

This sinuous development brings residents back into the town centre and creates a buzzing leisure economy around a multiplex cinema, restaurants and shops. 121 apartments surround a shared roof-garden.

PTE provided a full service from concept to completion.

“The Scene shows that putting the right homes in the right places can be part of something much bigger, sparking new life into communities and bringing in additional investment."

David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation

"We looked at over 200 buildings and from a GLA/ Sustainability Commission perspective we wanted to find a site that really exemplified a really sustainable development. You've got a very good carbon strategy. It achieves code Level 4 and it has a CHP system, but for us it's much more than energy performance, it's about - how can development create really vibrant liveable, high quality places that allow people to live low carbon lifestyles. I think it's extraordinary what the Waltham Forest team have managed to do, creating real mixed use, mixed tenure, being near public transport, enhancing the whole quality of the street [and] bringing life to the area. The Scene has demonstrated how other local authorities across London might approach that problem."

Dan Epstein, Commissioner, London Sustainable Development Commission

“We only get one chance at the redevelopment of Walthamstow and we need to do it right the first time so that is why this place is so well designed. We worked really closely with the architects, making sure it’s a stunning building... It’s a ripple effect... the sustainability of the whole town centre. It gives the market confidence.”

Martin Esom, Chief Executive, Waltham Forest Council

“It was key to have PTE on board as they were here for the concept. We had weekly meetings so that we could check with all parties that they were happy that their concept was being achieved on site... I am extremely proud of what the team at Hill have delivered. The residents are really pleased at the quality. They’ve talked about having communal barbecues, the community is working well.”

Paul Ansell, Contracts Manager, Hill


  • London Planning Award 2017 — Winner
  • Waltham Forest Design Award 2017 — Winner
  • RICS Award 2016 — Highly Commended
  • Planning & Placemaking Award 2016 — Winner
  • New London Award 2016 — Winner
  • Housing Design Award 2016 — Winner
  • National Housing Award 2015 — Winner
  • Housebuilder Award 2015 — Current finalist
  • Sunday Times British Homes Award 2015 — Commendation
  • What House? Award 2015 — Gold Award
  • What House? Award 2015 — Silver Award