Public Subsidies for Private Profit: The Colville Estate Regeneration

Architects for Social Housing (ASH)

Anthology, Hoxton Press

The two towers of Hoxton Press are the third phase in the regeneration of Hackney’s Colville estate. Completed last year on the estate’s prime location directly opposite Shoreditch Park, they have received numerous awards and garnered rave reviews. ‘A model for estate redevelopment’, claimed the Architects’ Journal. ‘Some of the best council housing ever built’, declared the Observer. ‘Exemplary’ concluded the Financial Times. Developed by Anthology, the 198 properties on sale for between £730,000 and £2.45 million have supposedly been built to help fund the affordable housing elsewhere on the scheme. We’ve heard this tale of cross-subsidisation before, as it’s been used to justify the demolition of hundreds of council estates across London and their replacement with so-called ‘affordable housing’ and properties for market sale. And we’re familiar with how this worked out in such cautionary tales as the Heygate estate, where 950 homes for social…

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