Hackney is building

Council housing is at the heart of Hackney, providing a safe, stable and genuinely affordable place to live for more than 20,000 families and helping to keep the borough a place for everyone despite huge changes in recent years.

As demand for housing has grown and house prices and private rents have increased, Council homes are more important than ever.

That’s why Hackney is building.

Since launching in 2011, our pioneering, not-for-profit housebuilding approach has directly delivered more than 1,000 new homes in Hackney, almost half of which for social rent, so that as many people as possible can enjoy a Council home – a model now followed by other councils across London and the UK.

But it’s not just about housing. These plans are creating improved public spaces and better amenities for existing residents on estates, and helping to fund new facilities for Hackney, including three new schools and a state-of-the-art new leisure centre.

Progress so far

In 2018 we made a commitment to build three new schools, a new leisure centre, and almost 2,000 new homes, all by 2022.

Despite the pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic and challenges on the construction industry created by Brexit, by May 2020, we will have:

  • built three new schools at Nightingale Primary School, New Regent’s College and City of London Academy Shoreditch Park
  • completed a brand new Britannia Leisure Centre
  • started or completed almost 1,800 homes across over 20 sites. More than half the homes that the Council builds are for social rent, shared ownership and Hackney Living Rent, with the rest sold outright to help pay for them

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Page updated on: 10 January 2022