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Grahame Park – reinventing a 1970s estate to meet the needs of today’s North London homeowners


£550 million regeneration project and create a more balanced community in Colindale’s existing Grahame Park Estate, whilst improving the qual- ity of life for its residents. The largest self-funding project in Europe, the


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scheme will create a new neighbourhood of over 3,400 mixed tenure homes with a re-landscaped park and a variety of community and commercial facilities. This will be achieved by both providing new homes for existing residents, and building new properties for private sale, which will fund the development of affordable housing and com- munity facilities. The original Grahame Park was built in the


1970s on a disused airfield in North London. The estate was originally designed to form a sealed unit, within a ring of green space and satellite


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hoices for Grahame Park, a subsidiary of the Genesis Housing Association, was formed in 2004 to undertake a radical


parking. The anti-social nature of this strategy soon became obvious as the estate began to expe- rience increasing levels of both economic deprivation and crime.


A popular vision and high profile visitors


To resolve the situation and create a community to be proud of, Barnet London Council pre- scribed a number of aims for the regeneration project. These included the provision of social and community facilities that ensured the scheme would support the majority of local residents. As a result of this popular vision a 2003 poll showed that 79 per cent of residents were in favour of the regeneration project. As well as the support of the local community, the development has attracted high profile visits


with the Chancellor, George Osborne, touring the site in April 2014 and Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, visited the site pre- ceding the announcement of a successful bid for additional funding in December 2014. Genesis is transforming the estate and recon-


necting it to the surrounding area by creating routes around and through the new and existing neighbourhoods. Vibrant new urban and green public spaces will also make the area more inviting for the wider community and bring an end to the estate’s isolation. A new community centre will be located at the heart of the development, along with a library and supermarket. Additional retail and community facilities can be found at the cen- tral and northern part of the development. A new campus is also being built for Barnet


College, which will offer a wide range of voca- tional training opportunities.


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