St Clement’s Takes Top Prize at Housing Awards

The East London Community Land Trust’s innovative housing development at St Clement’s, Mile End, has won two prestigious industry awards.

The development at the St Clement’s Hospital site is home to London’s, and the UK’s first urban, community land trust scheme. On Thursday 11 September the project won the overall award for ‘Provider of the Year’ as well as the ‘Best Scheme in Planning’ award at the National Housing Awards.

A community land trust (CLT) is a non-profit, membership organisation, run by local people, that develops permanently affordable housing for long-term community benefit.

The East London Community Land Trust (ELCLT) has been, in partnership with Galliford Try (Linden Homes), developing the St Clement’s site in Mile End with the GLA since July 2012 as part of the Mayor’s commitment to creating affordable homes across the capital. Architects John Thompson and Partners have done an outstanding job in supporting the community led design process for this development.

The ELCLT will determine the cost of its homes, starting with local wages in a borough and figuring out what local people can afford.  Homes prices are linked to earning, not the market rate, so therefore remain permanently affordable.

Andy Schofield, East London Community Land Trust said:

“We are delighted to be part of the team that has won these awards. The ELCLT was born out of a campaign by Citizens UK in east London, who believes there is a need for a different way of building homes. The places we live should be affordable, and the way they look and work, should be driven by local people.

“We hope to repeat the success of this partnership in other locations, including as part of the Olympic Park housing developments. We are actively promoting the inclusion of a community land trust at the Olympic site.

“We are determined to make sure that the new St Clement’s is an even better place for communities to live and enjoy than the designs promise.”

The St Clement’s site, which was originally Bow Workhouse in the mid-Victorian period, includes a historic Grade II listed building that is being restored for community use. The site will deliver 252 housing units, including 58 social rented properties managed by Peabody and 23 units for the ELCLT comprising one, two and three bedroom properties.

The ELCLT’s AGM will be held on 17th September 2014 at University of East London. The room is AE.1.01 lecture theatre at Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ. Proceedings will start at 6pm. The highlight of the AGM is the annual John Davis Lecture, named after the greatest living exponent of CLTs in the USA. This year’s lecture will be given by UK regeneration and CLT expert, Stephen Hill, and is open to all to attend.



Notes to editors:

The National Housing Awards is a yearly event that celebrates the best projects in the affordable housing sector.

The prizes were awarded to the partnership team involved with the development of the St Clement’s site comprising: John Thompson & Partners Architects, Galliford Try, Linden Homes, GLA, East London Community Land Trust and Peabody.


Media enquiries:

For more information on the ELCLT please call Andy Schofield on 07739013472.

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On Wednesday 10th September, Redbridge Citizens, a local branch of national community organising charity, CitizensUK, met the Leader of Redbridge Council, Jas Athwal, Deputy Leader, Wes Streeting and Chair of the Ilford BID, Rai Holdstock, to publicly thank them for working to ban the sale of low cost, high strength alcohol in Ilford town centre.

Thirty two Redbridge Citizens leaders, from member organisations including Salvation Army Ilford and allies from City Gates Christian Centre, had a public gathering outside Redbridge Town Hall to recognise the Council’s response to our call to end the sale of low-cost, high strength alcohol.

Street drinking was raised at the Redbridge Citizens Accountability Assembly on 6 May 2014, amongst other issues, including paying Social Care workers in Redbridge a Living Wage.

Candice Steen, a local Redbridge Citizens leader, said: “Street Drinking is a massively complex problem but in order to tackle it you have to begin somewhere.”

Redbridge Citizens leader, John Clifton from the Salvation Army, said: “Today, we took the opportunity to thank and celebrate Cllr Athwal and Cllr Streeting for their leadership of the Council, Mr Rai Holdstock, chair of the Business Improvement District, and the police for doing something that we wanted them to do: getting businesses to stop stocking high strength lager. We are excited not just about what they have done, but the way they have approached it: relationally, voluntarily, and without stigmatising anybody. We look forward to continuing working with them on this and similar issues which are affecting the everyday lives of in Redbridge.”

Redbridge Citizens is focussing on several other local issues it would like to tackle, in particular, it will start to organise actions to help improve the housing situation in the Borough.

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Today the Social Mobility Commission reports that the UK is “deeply elitist” and calls for a national effort to “break open” Britain’s elite, asking the government to tackle the culture of unpaid internships that disadvantage those too poor to work for nothing.

Citizens UK believes that offering work placements to all is just one way to tackle inequality of opportunity.

They are celebrating as it was today confirmed that the next cohort of five young people will be taking up the third set of internships being made available through its Olympic legacy programme with international engineering business Atkins.

Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, was the official engineering design services provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Emmanuel Gotora, Citizens UK organiser said:

“As a local community organisation we were introduced to Atkins by LOCOG. Our members were keen to see a lasting and meaningful legacy from the Olympic Games.

“Youth un-and-under employment is a big issue in East London, and with Atkins, we saw an opportunity to inspire our young people and give them an opportunity to experience work at a global company. Atkins saw the opportunity too, and agreed to give a number of young people an experience that would make a real difference to their futures.”

Together TELCO and Atkins have devised a three-month, London Living Wage paid internship programme. Since its inception in 2012, 16 young people have completed the programme, with six going on to secure full-time positions with Atkins and others going on to complete further study and one securing an alternative engineering internship in the NHS. All of the interns have the benefit of a three month period of experience with a reputable company on their CVs.

Sanna Shabir, a 19 year old from Leyton, who has recently completed the internship programme, said:

 “Last year I got my A Level results and they weren’t what I had hoped for. I was feeling pretty bleak about the future and unsure what to do.

“Thanks to the internship scheme with Atkins and East London Citizens I’ve got an exciting future. I completed the internship, negotiated an extension and now I’ve secured myself a full time apprenticeship with Atkins to become a Civil Engineer with the possibility of completing a sponsored degree in the future.

“The internship boosted my confidence, gave me experience of a career I hadn’t previously considered and has helped me realize the different career options that are out there. I have even re-taken the exams I wasn’t happy with.”

The internship programme combines work experience with employability work shops helping the young people with everything from CV writing to interview techniques and negotiation skills.

The partnership between Atkins and TELCO also sees young professionals from the business visit TELCO member schools to speak about their careers and introduce the world of engineering and design to students who may not have been aware of the opportunities engineering can offer.

Jilly Calder, a HR business partner at Atkins, said:

“Our engineering and design work played an important role in helping to regenerate an entire area of East London. However, the London 2012 legacy is as much about people as the infrastructure.

“We need a diverse workforce to come up with clever solutions to complex challenges for our clients. The internship programme with TELCO allows us to meet a group of young people whom we might not otherwise get to know. We share our knowledge, experience and expertise with the interns so they will hopefully be able to pursue a successful career in engineering. For Atkins, it is very important to maintain close links with those communities which welcomed us during the creation of the Olympic Park.”


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