Another Important Step For The Regeneration Of Woodberry Down

5th April 2007

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The Woodberry Down redevelopment Information Centre at 95 Woodberry Grove N4 2SB was officially opened by the Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, on Wednesday 4th of April at 3.30 pm.

The information centre has been created in partnership with the Woodberry Down Regeneration Team, Hackney Homes, Hackney Council, Berkeley Homes and Circle Anglia. The centre will display the models and proposed plans for Woodberry Down, providing residents with the opportunity to discuss the project with the development team in further detail; the centre therefore forms an important next step in the regeneration of Woodberry Down.

The Woodberry Down Regeneration Team currently use a variety of methods to communicate with residents, such as fun days, road shows, site visits and door to door. The information centre will be a valuable addition for the team, Berkeley Homes, and Circle Anglia to communicate with residents.

The information centre will be open 3 days a week, Tuesday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 4p.m. and open till 7p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month.

Woodberry Down is one of the most exciting mixed community, self funding, regeneration programmes in London. The whole area will undergo a total physical and socio-economic renewal that will transform one of the capital's most deprived areas into an exciting new neighbourhood that offers high quality new homes, economic opportunity and a sustainable community. With a total investment of £1 billion, the project will be one of the largest developments of its kind in Europe and will be guaranteed to offer lasting improvements in housing, quality of life, leisure facilities, education and health for future generations.

Robin Smith, Programme Director for the Woodberry Down Regeneration Team, Hackney Homes added:-
"The new information centre will be a great facility for local residents to receive first hand information from Berkeley Homes, as developers, and to see displays of plans and models of the future Woodberry Down".

Berkeley Homes are the developers for the first phase of the development, the Old School Site and will use pioneering concepts in sustainability, environmentally friendly housing, integrated community facilities and energy efficiency.

Berkeley Group's Managing Director Tony Pidgley said:

"This is a real opportunity to create an exemplar regeneration scheme on a large scale, providing lasting benefits to new and existing communities in Hackney. As such, it is in perfect harmony with Berkeley's commitment to promote the social and economic renaissance of urban areas. We are delighted to be a part of such an exciting project, and with such committed and enthusiastic partners. The information centre represents the next stage in our long-term commitment to Woodberry Down and will provide an important facility for ongoing consultation with the local community."

Circle Anglia are working to provide a range of Intermediate Housing on the kick start sites aimed at meeting the needs of the residents of Woodberry Down.

Circle Anglia is very excited about the opportunity the opening of this centre brings for us, with our partners, to engage with the residents on Woodberry Down.

Mark Rogers, Group Chief Executive, adds that:- "Circle Anglia is very keen to bring the impressive track record and wealth of experience that we have in the field of regeneration and stock transfer to the opportunity at Woodberry Down and bring about long term sustainable improvements to the lives of people who live and work in the area."

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