• Urban Design
  • Housing

Holly Street, Hackney


In 1990, the Holly Street Estate was in desperate need of regeneration – homes were in a state of disrepair, crime rates were high and residents were socially isolated. Razed to the ground to make way for the estate in the 60s, the original Victorian street pattern in the area had been destroyed. Our starting point for a new masterplan of the area was to reinstate this network of historic routes, creating a more familiar and permeable streetscape with mid-rise housing and pockets of green space. Three of the four towers were demolished, with the one remaining transformed to provide dedicated homes for older people.

As well as 1,050 new homes across the masterplan, a new nursery, sports hall, youth amenities, employment training facilities and public space have been integrated as part of the regeneration of Holly Street – making it almost unrecognisable from the estate of over two decades ago.

Project Details:

Regenerating an inner city estate that was built in the 70s, failed in the 80s and was demolished in the 90s.

Client: London Borough of Hackney

Construction Value: £57.5m

Completion: 2011

Location: Hackney


  • Hackney Design Awards 2012: Shortlisted (Phase II)
  • Building for Life 2009: Gold Standard
  • Housing Design Awards 2009, Completed: Shortlisted
  • Grand Design Awards 2009, Best Housing Development of the Year: Shortlisted
  • Mail on Sunday British Homes Awards 2009, Apartment Building of the Year: Winner
  • Mail on Sunday British Homes Awards 2009, Small House of the Year: Shortlisted
  • What House? Awards 2008, Best Partnership Development: Silver
  • Hackney Design Awards 2008: Shortlisted
  • Housing Design Awards 2007: Winner
  • Housing Design Awards 1998, Project Award: Winner