The project at Charterhouse Road was designed and delivered in partnership by Southern Housing Group, What if: projects, an architecture practice based in Hackney and Groundwork, an environmental regeneration charity.
The judges thought that the project offered value for money and was a great example of partnership working. They said that it should be an inspiration to similar schemes in how transforming a piece of unused land can offer something of value to the local community.
Southern Housing Group, landlord of the Charterhouse Road housing scheme in Hackney, has invested £100,000 to improve the community facilities. This has included:
a community food garden;
complete refurbishment of the community centre;
the redevelopment of the multi-use games area;
the addition of an outside gym and sports equipment to the external spaces of the community centre;
weekly sporting activities for residents; and,
development of Community Sports Leaders programme which will be able to sustain the legacy of the programme.
Funding for the redevelopment of these facilities has been provided by Southern Housing Group, the Mayor of London’s Facility Fund and the Lottery fund via the Vacant Lot project, delivered by Groundwork and What if: projects.
Dirk Lampe, Environmental Project Manager at Southern Housing Group, said, “We are so pleased that this project has received this award. The redeveloped community facilities are making a real difference to residents of all ages at Charterhouse Road and the feedback from residents has been brilliant.”