The existing estate was completed by Barnet Council in the early 1970s using the ‘Bison’ large panel system of construction, which from the outset suffered numerous technical problems. The 680 flats and houses which form interlocking courtyards continued to deteriorate, eventually leading Barnet Council to seek regeneration proposals.
The West Hendon Estate, in the London Borough of Barnet, sits between the A5 Edgeware Road and the Welsh Harp Reservoir, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest with numerous species of birds. It is well linked to transport with easy access to the road and rail network.
Over £450 million will be spent to deliver 2,171 new homes in a variety of tenures including outright sale, low cost home ownership and social rent.
The regeneration will also provide over 3,500sqm of commercial space, a new community centre, a health centre, a new park, new sports and leisure facilities, environmental improvements to provide better access to the Welsh Harp, and a new traffic scheme for the A5 adjacent to the site.
Metropolitan was chosen as the Council’s development partner in 2002. A principle development agreement between Metropolitan, its development partner Barratt, and Barnet Council, was signed in August 2006.
Extensive consultation with residents and statutory bodies resulted in the development of a masterplan, which received outline planning consent in 2005, and was revised in 2008.
Cross subsidy from the sale of new homes, along with public grant, will enable delivery of the scheme.