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Blackhorse Lane masterplan receives New London Award

The regeneration plans for Waltham Forest’s Blackhorse Lane has been awarded the inaugural Mayor’s Prize at the 2015 New London Awards, run by New London Architecture.


Praised for its role in creating opportunities for new jobs and enterprise, alongside new housing, the project is a blueprint for how industry can play a productive role in future mixed-use development.



Designed by architect practice We Made This, the strategy outlined improvements to streetscapes, shop fronts and improved transport links. 



Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing, said it is a great honour to receive the significant award.



“It is rewarding to be recognised by industry leaders for our innovative approach towards investment and development within our borough.



“I’d like to acknowledge and congratulate the hard working and dedicated Council

and GLA staff, architects We Made That and key project partners who have all contributed towards this accolade.”



In 2012 Waltham Forest was successful in its bid for £1.4million of funding from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund for regeneration projects at Blackhorse Lane.



Regeneration projects included supporting local business, revitalising the local shopping parade, improving public spaces, installing art, improving industrial frontages, creating new pedestrian and cycle paths linking to the Walthamstow Wetlands and the establishment of a new facility at ’Blackhorse Workshops’.



The Council has also recently been successful in its submission to the Mayor of London to create a new Housing Zone in the Blackhorse Lane area.



In partnership with private developers the Council has invested in new homes, workspace, shops and cafes.



 “Our investment in Blackhorse Lane will allow us to accelerate the delivery of up to 2,500 new homes and create 1,000 new jobs. With over £200million of investment secured from developers we now have the opportunity to enhance the diverse character of this unique location,” said Cllr Limbajee.



Plans for the area also include significant investment in schools, parks, public transport, streets and other facilities to ensure existing services do not become over-stretched. 



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