Developer named for Alma Estate

By James Renoux-Wood - Fri 4 October 2013, 9:44 am

Enfield Council has announced Countryside Properties and the Newlon Housing Trust as its chosen partners to redevelop Enfield's Alma Estate.

Alma Estate

A decision was made at a meeting of Enfield Council’s cabinet last month, with the announcement made public on October 3. A rival bid from Laing O’Rourke and Keepmoat was also considered by the council.

Proposals were submitted in July for the replacement of four 1960s tower blocks at Ponders End with low-rise maisonettes and a single high-rise block on the edge of the estate. The development will boast 794 homes, 59 per cent of which will be for private sale and 41 per cent for affordable homes, along with replacement retail space, a new gym and a health facitlity.

Residents of the estate were part of the consultation process when considering the plans, with the estate and renewal team at the council holding a 'drop-in session' at the site. A questionnaire revealed they marginally preferred the Countryside and Newlon proposals.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: "This £150 million investment will revive this part of Enfield, providing first class affordable family homes and state of the art facilities.

“The appointment of Countryside Properties takes us a big step forward towards rebuilding the estate; creating a greener, safer and brighter neighbourhood.

“Our vision is to significantly improve Ponders End and strengthen the sense of community so that it becomes one of the most family friendly and desirable places to live in London. We’re well on the way to achieving that goal, and the redevelopment of the Alma Estate is a vital element to achieving our vision.”