Mansford Estate


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Iain Carson @ KCA

Winner of the HCA Housing Design Award – Richard Fielden Prize for best affordable housing design 2010. Exhibited RIBA “Emerging British Housing” Exhibition 2009.
IAIN CARSON, as Partner at Karakusevic Carson was involved in delivering a masterplanning and architecture project for Tower Hamlets Community Housing. The project involved a large scale mixed tenure regeneration and new build programme on the Mansford Estate (London Borough of Tower Hamlets). Our commission engaged us at stock transfer stage; we were commissioned to deliver the first phase of a wider masterplan (completed by Karakusevic Carson Architects).

Appointed by Tower Hamlets Community Housing Association to develop the framework masterplan, urban design strategy and architectural design for the Mansford Housing Estate in Tower Hamlets. The planning applications were approved in 2007. The process we undertook ensured that all stakeholders were positively engaged in the process in a steering group and community consultation was described by CABE as “excellent”.

The first phase was completed, on time and on budget, meeting all quality KPIs set out by the Client and our own internal systems. The series of 10 projects will generate 300 new homes and the refurbishment of 710 existing properties. The projects have been exhibited widely and formed part of the RIBA exhibition ‘Evolving British Housing’ in the summer of 2008.

The projects are utilising a recycled timber panel product which is pre-engineered and pre-cut in factory conditions prior to being delivered on site. The system is being used on a range of project sizes, from four socially rented family houses to shared ownership apartment schemes, totalling 300 homes. This delivered a high quality, cost effective construction method which met environmental requirements and reduced construction time by 15%.

The housing projects are now complete; the private sale element were sold on the first release day, oversubscribed 30:1, generating an additional £9million of cross subsidy.