Hendon Waterside is 'Built for Life'


Hendon Waterside is awarded the prestigious Built for Life commendation by Planning Minister, Nick Boyes MP

Barratt London’s Hendon Waterside 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 inaugural Built for Life 12 Awards were held at Nottingham Trent University with Planning Minister Nick Boyes MP in attendance to hand out the honours.

The West Hendon estate is 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 Hendon Waterside regeneration masterplan will transform the area into a successful, sustainable community and vastly improve the public spaces to make the area a desirable place to live, work and spend time in. The regeneration is being delivered by Barratt Metropolitan LLP, a Barratt London and Metropolitan joint venture, in partnership with the London Borough of Barnet and Barnet Homes.

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.”

Hendon Waterside has been awarded this commendation in recognition of its considerate and intelligent planning strategy. The 2,000-home scheme integrates with the existing neighbourhood through connections to existing amenities and The Welsh Harp reservoir. Homeowners and tenants will benefit from new generous public parks, a new primary school, a community centre, a pedestrian bridge, links to Metropolitan open space and high-quality architecture. 

Reacting to the awards win, Group Chief Executive at Barratt Developments PLC, Mark Clare, commented: “We have made a strong public commitment to achieve the Building for Life kitemark. As a result, 7 of the 16 sites receiving commendations today are those from the Barratt Group."

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