Published - 2 August 2019
Celebrating 10 years of partnership at Woodberry Down
Woodberry Down broke ground 10 years ago, signifying the start of one of Europe’s largest single estate regeneration programmes. A special anniversary event was held this week to mark the milestone.
Senior representatives from Notting Hill Genesis, Berkeley Homes and Hackney Council joined Woodberry Down residents for the celebration on Tuesday (30 July).
The theme was great partnership working and all speeches referenced the importance of building great homes, the power of community and the need to create opportunities for a better life.
Kate Davies, Notting Hill Genesis’s chief executive, opened the speeches and highlighted that Woodberry Down is now being recognised internationally as a great example of regeneration.
She referenced her recent visit to New York with Geoff Bell, the former Woodberry Down Community Organisation (WDCO) chair, and spoke about the challenges experienced internationally around poor quality housing and the lack of support to residents from distinct backgrounds. Kate highlighted the benefits of shared learning from the trip and where we could promote the importance of community engagement.
Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville thanked Notting Hill Genesis for working hard to deliver a great local service, including creating jobs and training opportunities through the Manor House Development Trust. He also talked about the years of campaigning which predated breaking ground and the tireless efforts of passionate residents to ensure the community had a voice from the outset.
Other speakers included current WDCO chair William Sheehy and Tony Pidgeley, chair of Berkeley Homes.
“The sentiments were clear,” said Anthony Were, Notting Hill Genesis’ area manager for Woodberry Down.
We have made great progress in transforming a neglected part of the borough, but there’s more to be done. We recognise this and are working hard to deliver a great local service and to learn how best to build on our achievements, not only for Woodberry Down but across our other development schemes.
Woodberry Down is Notting Hill Genesis’ largest regeneration project, creating around 5,500 new homes alongside community facilities, schools and businesses over the next 20 years. It is being delivered with Berkeley Homes and Hackney Council.
The project has had several award successes and nominations, including being named UK Project of the Year and Best UK Regeneration by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in November.