A £3.5m landscape project by HTA Architects has won the National Home Improvement Council Award. The environmental improvement scheme worked across four estates in Hackney, east London. Working with Sanctuary Housing Association, the landscape team at HTA Architects transformed previously run-down areas between the blocks of flats. They used landscaped communal gardens to make better use of open spaces and reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour. Smaller gardens were used to act as a buffer zone to provide privacy for residents in ground floor flats. HTA Architects landscape design director James Lord said: “The improved landscape has made a real difference to the area and to the people who live there.” A survey revealed residents gave it a 90 per cent satisfaction rating. The NHIC award judging panel said: “Residents have a renewed sense of pride in their surroundings and people are now far more interested in buying properties.”
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