Edgware Green is ‘Built for Life’

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Barratt London’s Edgware Green is awarded the prestigious Built for Life commendation

Barratt London’s Edgware Green development was yesterday awarded a prestigious Built for Life commendation: a government-endorsed accolade for well-designed homes and a recognised industry seal of excellence. 

The former Stonegrove and Spur Road Estate is an 11.55 hectare site identified as one of five strategic failing housing estates in the London Borough of Barnet due to the poor-quality housing and social isolation. The Edgware regeneration masterplan will transform this area into a desirable place to live, work and spend time in through its creation of a series of neighbourhoods and improved green spaces. The regeneration is being delivered by Barratt London and the Barnet Council, in partnership with Capita, Barnet Homes and Family Mosaic.

Planning Minister, Nick Boyes MP comments “Building for Life principles show the importance of good design in creating vibrant places and beautiful buildings and the benefits it can bring in making development acceptable to people living next door. They are an incredibly useful guide for all involved in development and bring big benefits for both builders and buyers.”

Edgware Green has been awarded this commendation in recognition of its thoughtful planning strategy, bringing residents green open spaces and the safety of a suburban community. The 937-home scheme integrates the neighbourhood through excellent transport links and the creation of private and affordable housing across the entire masterplan. A sense of place is created through the use of various brickwork and dual aspect layouts throughout the scheme. Homeowners and tenants benefit from a series of neighbourhoods with medium-rise apartments and traditional family housing, linked by green open spaces and publically accessible amenities. All the existing mature trees have been retained, and have been supplemented with new planting, creating a truly green environment.

The Built for Life Awards recognise exceptional design standards in new build residential property. A government-endorsed guide for developers, Built for Life aims to ensure new homes and their neighbourhoods are as attractive, functional and sustainable as possible. Only designs that properly address 12 key design issues can use the Built for Life kitemark: a sign of a good place to live with new, well-designed homes and neighbourhoods.

Building for Life 12 key design issues are:
1. Connections
2. Facilities and services
3. Public transport
4. Meeting local housing requirements
5. Character
6. Working with the site and its context
7. Creating well defined streets and spaces
8. Easy to find your way around
9. Streets for all
10. Car parking
11. Public & private spaces
12. External storage and amenity space