"Innovative and brave" new housing built to replace ageing 1960s homes earned judges' praise at an architectural awards.

Agar Grove was "highly commended" this year's Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) UK Awards Grand Final.

The Agar Grove project for almost 500 new homes replaces ageing blocks built in the 1960s with modern homes and an improved estate design.

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Currently under construction under Camden Council's Community Investment Programme, the development boasts communal gardens and new play areas, a shop, café and community hall.

Split into six phases, the project is split into six phases and will have 496 new homes when completed.

Phase 1b is the latest phase in a 57-home Passivhaus regeneration scheme in Camden.

Passivhaus certification means the new buildings use significantly less energy to heat and cool, lowering carbon emissions and helping tackle fuel poverty.

Phase 1a was completed in 2018 and families from the estate moved into the first 38 new council homes that spring.

Commenting on Agar Grove, judges said: “An innovative and brave project creating very energy efficient private and social homes - more important now than ever.

"The strength of the local community is palpable, and these attractively designed homes are the result of meticulous planning and strong engagement.”

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