Communities in Transition: Woodberry Down

GST14 logo smallLast autumn, Future of London kicked off a new field trip series, Communities in Transition, looking at how communities are coping with change in different contexts across London. The visits examine best practice in locally-directed regeneration, giving public-sector practitioners in planning, regeneration, economic development and related areas an opportunity to learn first-hand from key stakeholders in successful regeneration schemes, in an informal and interactive atmosphere. Our first two trips explored regeneration in Bermondsey and Shoreditch –we kick off the 2014 season at Woodberry Down, LB Hackney, on Tuesday, 29th April as part of Open City’s Green Sky Thinking week.

Sandwiched between the roaring traffic of Seven Sisters Road and the calm expanse of two large reservoirs, Woodberry Down is undergoing one of the UK’s largest long-term regeneration efforts. Early, thoughtful and ongoing partnership between London Borough of Hackney, developer Berkeley Group, affordable housing provider Genesis, the GLA, TfL and an array of community and service organisations is giving this master-planned community coherence – plus national awards for social housing and an astonishing 90% resident satisfaction level, according to a recent survey.


This field trip will give participants first-hand experience of the housing, urban space and facilities that effective consultation has delivered, while hearing from the people who’ve worked to make Woodberry Down a sustainable community. The trip will run from 9:00 – 11:00 AM on Tuesday, 29th April, with time allowed at the end for networking over coffee. The visit will start with presentations and then we’ll take a walking tour of the estate. We’ll be joined by practitioners involved in delivering different components of the site, including:

  • Matthew Bell, Group Head of External Affairs, Berkeley Group
  • Simon Donovan, Director, Manor House Development Trust
  • Ann Griffin, Development & Renewal Manager, Genesis HA
  • Andy Hunt, Director, Quod
  • David Lange, LB Hackney
  • Woodberry Down Community Organisation (WDCO)

The trip is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. To register your interest, please email If you have secured a spot, you will receive a confirmation email.

Green Sky Thinking, is a week-long series of free sustainability-focused events for built environment and property professionals, showcasing practical solutions to greening London’s built environment. It runs from 28th April – 2nd May 2014, and a full schedule of events can be found on the Green Sky Thinking website.