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Our Partners

This page contains short biographies of our highly valued partners.

Colne Housing

Colne Housing Society is a charitable housing association. Established in 1973, they now own or manage over 2100 affordable homes throughout North Essex.

Robert Ashton

The focus of my work is social entrepreneurship and how this can liberate, empower individuals, organisations and communities. Current projects include a special needs school, a hospice project and a new way to deliver apprenticeships that is fast gaining ground. I’m also working in Colchester, my ancestral home, helping create a new development trust.

Hana Loftus, HAT Projects

Hana Loftus c0-founded architecture and urban design practice HAT Projects with Tom Grieve in 2007 after wide-ranging experience across the fields of architecture, planning and regeneration. HAT Projects has been described as one of ‘Britain’s brightest young architects’ in The Observer, and was recently shortlisted for Young Architect of the Year 2013.

Hana has worked for clients across the public, private and community sectors on award-winning buildings, masterplanning and research. Her expertise lies particularly in brief development and community engagement, and the place of arts and culture within regeneration projects and practice. She also has a particular interest in rural and regional architecture and development strategies. Hana is an Enabler at The Glass-House Community Led Design and a trustee of DanceEast and Roman River Music, and writes regularly for the design press.