Haringey Council, the Greater London Authority (GLA), L&Q and St William, the joint venture between National Grid and the Berkeley Group, had cause for celebration this week as two new apartment blocks were "topped out" in Hornsey.
The milestone means that the buildings are structurally complete and will now provide the first 87 affordable homes at Clarendon, for Haringey Council. The GLA has helped to secure the affordable homes for L&Q.
Part of the Haringey Heartlands Opportunity Area, Clarendon is one of north London's most significant regeneration projects, providing more than 1,700 new homes. Once complete, the scheme will form a new 12-acre city village in Zone 3.
St William is currently transforming the former National Grid gasholder site into new homes, commercial spaces and public green spaces. At the heart of St William's vision is Hornsey Park - a new 1 acre public park that will become the centrepiece to Clarendon and will include orchard style planting, a striking water feature and a café.
In addition to Hornsey Park, Clarendon will provide over 2.5 acres of publically accessible open space for the whole community to enjoy.
Sean Ellis, Chairman St William, said:
"Clarendon promises to deliver so much to the immediate community and surrounding area, including new homes in a range of tenures, new commercial spaces for local businesses to thrive, and major new public landscaping and green spaces for people to enjoy.
"High quality, affordable homes are a big part of our vision and working alongside partners Haringey Council, GLA and L&Q we can deliver these homes at an early stage of the regeneration and provide opportunities for all to be a part of this exciting new area."
Vicky Savage, London Managing Director at L&Q, said:
"We are proud to be partnering with St William to deliver a wide range of affordable homes at Clarendon, from studio apartments right through to four bedroom homes.
"The variety of affordable homes for both rent and Shared Ownership within this major regeneration scheme for Haringey, strongly reflects our commitment to helping to build long lasting communities alongside likeminded partners, and our vision that everyone should have a home they can afford."
Clarendon will be a highly sustainable and low carbon neighbourhood. In total the scheme will deliver 71% biodiversity net gain with increased tree cover, parkland, linear habitats and native planting and green roofs.
Meanwhile use spaces range from a micro-brewery, gym, publishers, a signage company, nursery and an arts and events space. A total of 125,000 sq.ft of commercial space will provide shops, cafes, restaurants, office and community space.
To date over 400 local residents have been employed by Clarendon including nine apprenticeships. Once complete, the scheme will support up to 600 permanent jobs.