In December 2010 we adopted our 15 year Community Investment Programme (CIP). This is to generate extra funding to invest in homes, schools and community facilities.
Maiden Lane estate was built in two phases between 1976 and 1983. It comprises of 479 homes ranging from bedsits to four-bedroom maisonettes, along with shops and a community centre.
The estate is a very interesting example of post-war modernist social housing. It is typical of the low-rise, dual-aspect homes designed by Camden Council architects during the late 1960s and 1970s. Phase I of the estate was designed by renowned architects Gordon Benson and Alan Forsyth.
In 2010 PRP Architects were appointed. They worked with the Council and residents to look at areas on the estate where new homes could be built. This includes the industrial site in its south eastern corner. In February 2013 the Council granted planning permission for the regeneration scheme.
The regeneration started with the demolition of the industrial buildings in summer 2013. The construction contractor was Sisk and works completed in November 2017.
The scheme has provided 273 new homes, including 74 new council homes, Camden Living homes and homes for private sale. There is also low-cost employment space, and retail and café uses.
The designs by PRP pay homage to the original architecture and geometry of the estate. The scheme is entirely clad in white pre-cast panels forming a contemporary interpretation of the original estate.
Improvements to the environment include transforming the York Way street frontage, a new play area and re-landscaping of green space on the estate.