On Monday 7th April around 60 guests attended the Redmond Community Centre on Woodberry Down to mark the 5 year anniversary of the groundbreaking of the regeneration scheme.
The event was to celebrate the success of the partnership between the London Borough of Hackney, the Woodberry Down Community Organisation and the existing community, Genesis, Manor House Development Trust and Berkeley Homes. Each partner has been instrumental in the success of the project to date, which has already seen the delivery of over 850 new homes, a community centre, a new school, and new retail opportunities, as well as making significant improvements to the master plan for the area.
Guests heard from the key stakeholders in the regeneration process including Mayor Jules Pipe from Hackney Council; Neil Hadden, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Housing Association; Geoff Bell, Chair of the Woodberry Down Community Organisation; Simon Donovan, Director at Manor House Development Trust; and Tony Pidgley, Chairman of the Berkeley Group. A tree and plaque were also planted to mark the occasion.
Woodberry Down will deliver over 5000 new homes for London of which 41% will be affordable and 15 acres of landscaped public open space, alongside retail, a community centre, cafes and restaurants by 2035. A recent Social Sustainability report revealed that 90% of residents say they are satisfied with their lives at Woodberry Down compared to the national average of 60%.