Camden development takes sustainable communities prize

The Regent's Place mixed-use redevelopment in Camden's West Euston neighbourhood renewal area has won this year's RTPI Award for Sustainable Communities, sponsored by The Crown Estate.

British Land has developed the site in phases since 1984. Completion of the final phase will see a total of 200,000sq metres of commercial space and homes catering for 14,000 workers and residents and a range of public realm improvements.

Regeneration opportunities have been realised through support for local community groups, better community services and training initiatives. The intention is to celebrate cultural diversity, creating a destination and meeting point and encouraging links to nearby areas.

British Land head of planning and corporate responsibility Adrian Penfold said: "Regent’s Place is a great example of how to introduce a masterplanning approach even where earlier phases have been taken forward in a relatively piecemeal way, with positive outcomes for people, businesses and the environment."

The judges praised Regent’s Place as a model for high-density integrated mixed-use redevelopment: "The quality of professional work on the scheme is very high, from masterplanning, through the design of individual buildings and the public realm, to project management and delivery of the finished product."

Two commendations were made in this category. At  Bermondsey Spa in south London, social landlord Hyde Housing and designers Levitt Bernstein have produced an equal split between private, shared ownership and social rented housing in a medium-rise, high-density scheme that integrates a high proportion of family homes at ground level.

Since 2003, the Corby Regeneration Framework has improved infrastructure, housing, job creation and overall economic prosperity as part of a 30-year vision for the post-war new town. Progress has been made on a new retail and civic core, housing growth and renewal, economic development and an integrated transport system, including reinstatement of rail links to London.


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