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High praise for Clapham regeneration project

A Lambeth Council scheme which will bring a new library, leisure centre and homes to the heart of Clapham continues to excite industry experts and has been shortlisted for two more top industry awards. The latest commendation for the project could potentially come at the UK Property Awards 2011, where Clapham One has been shortlisted in the ‘best mixed use development’ and ‘best public services development’ categories.

The awards recognise buildings that display a top ‘quality of design, construction and presentation’, as well as excellent interiors and architecture.

The scheme, which is an innovative public, private partnership between the council and Cathedral Group has already proved its award wining credentials, having ‘bagged’ the top prize last month in the Daily Telegraph’s British Homes Award 2011 in the ‘Housing Project of the Year’ category. The scheme is now accumulating quite an award collection – despite not being due for completion until the New Year – as it also racked up an award at the Housing Design Awards in 2010. The latest award was for ‘the most impressive scheme of homes and/or apartments with planning consent but not more than six months into development’.

The multi-award winning Clapham regeneration project will see a new leisure centre,  library, healthcare centre, a café, and 199 homes (44 of which have been earmarked as affordable housing) built in the heart of Clapham. It involves the redevelopment of two sites; one on Clapham High Street and one on Clapham Manor Street.

Cllr. Nigel Haselden, cabinet member for regeneration said: “This is great news – not only will this scheme provide great new facilities for local people, it has also proved it has relevant design and building excellence too”.

Cllr. Florence Nosegbe, cabinet member for culture said: “This is a great achievement and I am delighted and proud that we are delivering much needed modern community facilities that are designed and built to the highest standards”.

Richard Upton, Chief Executive of Cathedral Group PLC, developers of the Clapham One Scheme said: ‘We are incredibly proud of the work we have done in partnership with Lambeth to build the Clapham One scheme. In this difficult time for public spending it is something to shout about that we have been able, together, to build wonderful new public facilities for the people of Lambeth, to create some of the best new housing in the borough including a significant amount of affordable housing. The success of the development has meant that the public buildings have been able to be provided to Lambeth without any cost to the public purse.’

The Mary Seacole Centre is due to open in late February 2012. The new Clapham Leisure Centre is due to open early in the New Year.

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