NHHG, MAA & Durkan joint winners in the Constructing Excellence Awards 2013 (London & SE)

Notting Hill Housing Group (NHHG), Durkan and Martin Arnold Associates (MAA) will be going forward to the national Constructing Excellence Awards at the end of November 2013, having won a prestigious regional award for collaboration. Their scheme, the North Circular Road Regeneration Project in Enfield, North London, has won the Integration & Collaborative Working category in the Constructing Excellence Awards 2013 for London and the South East of England.

The success of what has been described as an ‘exemplar’ of excellence in regeneration was announced at an awards ceremony recently held in London.

The prestigious awards celebrate projects that have ‘delivered improvements in all-round performance through collaborative working and a real desire to make a difference’.

The scheme transformed an area of North London through the timely and efficient refurbishment of 257 homes – 50 of which were lying derelict and in some cases squatted, with many others already vacant and in disrepair.

The extensive works by NHHG, Durkan and MAA included new roofs, thermal & sound insulation, double glazing and energy efficient boilers, which help to reduce heat loss and carbon emissions whilst also cutting fuel bills and helping combat fuel poverty. Apart from these environmental benefits, there were social benefits and economic advantages accruing, with local agents reporting a 15% increase in property values of adjacent dwellings as a result of the work.

Shaun Sheldrake, Construction Director at Durkan, said:

“The renewal and refurbishment of these properties ended the blight on this two mile stretch of the North Circular Road. The exceptional success of the project was due to the high levels of co-ordination and co-operation between client, contractor, subcontractors, TfL, Metropolitan Police, London Borough of Enfield and, most importantly, the local residents”.

The project has delivered significant benefits to the local community. Mr Sheldrake added:

“The benefits include the improvement and provision of modern housing stock, the reduction of fuel poverty for residents, an end to fly-tipping and the clearance of an illegal scrapyard. Since securing possession of the squatted homes and completing the refurbishment works, crime rates have reduced by more than 50% in the area. More than 500 local residents were engaged in the consultation process that continued throughout the regeneration programme. The project is an exemplar regeneration scheme and has given momentum to other improvements in the immediate neighbourhood.”