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Impressing the Press

Posted by Sally on July 17, 2013

Our work for a new supported housing scheme in Essex has been recognised with an award and the cover of the Architects Journal.

Hargood Close in Colchester made the cover of the AJ under the headline "Tunisia meets Essex", in a feature that praised the scheme's "enchanting, magical quality".

The Close is a supported housing development for homeless people that opened in April. Its 29 homes have been designed to imbue a sense of community for tenants, many of whom will not be permanent residents.

Hunters provided EA services, while Proctor and Matthews were the architects.

Hargood Close was also recognised by the Housing Design Awards, winning the Richard Feilden Award in July. The HDAs are judged on buildings' relationship to surroundings and neighbourhood, and their finishes, detailing and workmanship, among other values.

The EA team's other recently completed project, the New Generation Centre in Lewisham, has been glowingly reviewed by Building Design magazine, which commented that "many competing desires that informed the brief have been reconciled into a rigorously conceived design: a political and architectural triumph". The Centre opened in June and continues to attract significant attention.

Building Design has also covered our work as executive architects at Effra Road in Brixton, with a piece that concluded: "The project represents a valuable addition to the small but compelling canon of notched terrace developments". Effra Road opened to residents in April 2013.