- Location: King’s Lynn, Norfolk
- Client: Freebridge Community Housing
- Date: 2011 – 2015
- Value: £30m
- Awards: AJ Retrofit - Winner 2015 RTPI Awards 2015 - Finalist 2015 Brick Awards - Finalist 2015 RTPI East of England Award 2015
The Hillington Square estate regeneration aims to improve the standard of housing and the quality of life of its tenants. It includes refurbishment of 320 properties, changes to the estate layout and public realm improvements.
The estate, built between 1967-71, comprised a series of blocks with confusing deck access and streets lined with garages. The inward facing development differed greatly from its context.
Recognising that the building fabric was sound we sought a low environmental impact approach to breathe life back into the estate. New stair and lift cores, internal re-planning to allow front doors at street level and a face-lift change the estate’s identity.
“Mæ’s approach has been to understand the estate at the urban scale, the scale of the neighbourhood and the way individuals live in the units…Mæ has provided a model of sustainable and intelligent redevelopment for an estate and community that could have been easily lost.” (The Architects’ Journal)
The project featured as a best practice case study in the Government's estate regeneration national strategy.