A team including Pollard Thomas & Edwards Architects and housing associations the Grainger Trust and the Guinness Trust has won a £50m housing scheme in Islington, north London
It fought off a bid from John Thompson & Partners and Gardiner & Theobald for the job.

The scheme includes about 450 homes on two 1 ha sites, at the Hornsey Road Baths and Barnsbury Estate, which are several miles apart.

It is believed that the project will be developed as a PPP between developer Chancerygate and a registered social landlord.

Islington council wants a substantial amount of social housing built on the Hornsey Road Baths site along with leisure facilities, a theatre and 3700 m2 of office space. It is negotiating a section 106 planning gain arrangement to that effect.

More expensive housing would be built on the Barnsbury complex site, which is where the developer would make its profit.

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