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Aberfeldy regeneration wins three awards


The partnership behind the Aberfeldy regeneration in Poplar scooped three prestigious national awards last week.

The project has won accolades for Best Housing Partnership at the British Homes Awards and Best Partnership for over 100 Homes at the Inside Housing Development Awards. The Aberfeldy Village scheme was also highly commended for Best Regeneration at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards.

The awards recognise the innovative joint venture between developer EcoWorld London and housing association Poplar HARCA to deliver quality homes and community spaces, co-designed by local residents.

In 2012, the Aberfeldy LLP was established as an ambitious partnership to transform Aberfeldy Village in Tower Hamlets.

10 years since the regeneration began, over 900 much-needed new homes have been completed alongside improved green spaces, to create a friendly, welcoming place which is clean, safe and secure, in response to priorities set out by the community. State-of-the-art facilities are due to open early next year – including a GP surgery, nursery, pharmacy, community centre and cafe in a new public square at the heart of the development.

The energy efficient new homes include a mix of social rent, shared ownership, private sale and private rent, with more larger family-sized homes helping to tackle overcrowding in the area and new home guarantees for existing residents.

As the first phase nears completion, the partnership has submitted a planning application for a new Aberfeldy masterplan, which would expand the successful scheme to provide 1,600 more homes plus new shops and workspace to support local businesses. It would also create better transport links for quicker, safer walking and cycling routes and improve road access, traffic and air pollution.

Extensive community engagement has included a 100-strong resident steering group and a Young People’s Manifesto developed with local schools to create a vision for the area for future generations. Innovative meanwhile projects have also seen shops on Aberfeldy High Street transformed with colourful murals and supported with rent-free periods, to maintain an active local hub throughout the development.

The new masterplan also won the award for Community Engagement at the Pineapple awards for placemaking earlier this year, in recognition of the partnership’s resident-led approach.

Paul Dooley, Director of Development and Regeneration at Poplar HARCA said: “For over a decade we have been working closely with our partners EcoWorld and residents to create real social value for our community and a sustainable neighbourhood that works for everyone.” He added:

"We are extremely proud that this approach to partnership working and our long-term commitment to Aberfeldy has been recognised by three more awards and we are eager to take these successes forward into the new masterplan to continue delivering the transformation residents in the wider area need."

Heng Leong Cheong, CEO at EcoWorld London, said: “We’ve always believed that truly successful partnerships are built on a foundation of shared values and vision, and we are extremely grateful and proud to have that with Poplar HARCA. The partnership is dedicated to the long-term wellbeing of Aberfeldy and its residents, and to our civic duty in creating a place that they deserve and can be truly proud of. We look forward to continue working together with Poplar HARCA, the Aberfeldy community and Tower Hamlets on the next chapter of the masterplan to deliver more new homes, community facilities and a revitalized neighbourhood.”