Topping out ceremony marks Woodberry Down social housing milestone

Hundreds of genuinely affordable new homes have moved a step closer after the latest stage of the transformation of Woodberry Down reached a new milestone.

Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, joined regeneration partners from Berkeley Homes, Notting Hill Genesis and the Woodberry Down Community Organisation to mark the occasion as construction of nearly 600 new homes reached their full height.

These form phase 3 of the Woodberry Down regeneration in north Hackney and include 117 homes for social rent – the largest set of new social housing on the estate since 2015 – alongside 126 shared ownership homes, 175 new trees and 29 tennis courts worth of open spaces. 

The social rent properties will provide high-quality, genuinely affordable new homes for families already living on the Woodberry Down estate whose current homes don’t meet modern standards.

Once complete in 2024, they will bring the total number of homes at Woodberry Down to over 2,900, including more than 1,000 homes for social rent and shared ownership prioritised for local people.

 Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

Our longstanding commitment at Woodberry Down has been to build a new, high-quality home for every Council tenant here – while creating a place with better green spaces, improved biodiversity and modern facilities for both new and long-standing residents.

This latest milestone shows that – working alongside Berkeley Homes, Notting Hill Genesis and the local community – we’re delivering on that promise, complementing our own ambitions to build 1,000 new Council homes by 2026.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

Woodberry Down is an example of partnership working at its best.

This milestone marks continuing progress at Woodberry Down. We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the London Borough of Hackney and the Berkeley Group to provide more social housing for the community and people of Hackney. We look forward to working with the residents to deliver even more social rented homes in the future.

Justin Tibaldi, Divisional Managing Director at Berkeley Capital

At a time when delivery of much needed housing is paramount, and despite extremely volatile market conditions which have seen many developments stall, we have worked closely with development partners Hackney Council, Notting Hill Genesis and WDCO to ensure Woodberry continues to deliver to a high quality. Berkeley Group is extremely proud to be associated with this success story.

John Hughes, Group Director of Development at Notting Hill Genesis

Woodberry Down is one of Europe’s biggest single-site estate regeneration projects, and is led by a partnership of Hackney Council, Berkeley Homes, Notting Hill Genesis, Woodberry Down Community Organisation and the Manor House Development Trust. Since 2009 over 2,000 new homes have been built at Woodberry Down as well as a new secondary school, community facilities, new parks, youth hub and the reopening of the Woodberry Wetlands. 

Later this year, the regeneration delivery partners will submit plans for phase four of the regeneration, while engagement will take place for updates to the masterplan for the future phases of new development.