In 1990, the Holly Street Estate was in desperate need of regeneration – homes were in a state of disrepair, crime rates were high and residents were socially isolated. Razed to the ground to make way for the estate in the 60s, the original Victorian street pattern in the area had been destroyed. Our starting point for a new masterplan of the area was to reinstate this network of historic routes, creating a more familiar and permeable streetscape with mid-rise housing and pockets of green space. Three of the four towers were demolished, with the one remaining transformed to provide dedicated homes for older people.
As well as 1,050 new homes across the masterplan, a new nursery, sports hall, youth amenities, employment training facilities and public space have been integrated as part of the regeneration of Holly Street – making it almost unrecognisable from the estate of over two decades ago.
Regenerating an inner city estate that was built in the 70s, failed in the 80s and was demolished in the 90s.