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Our team has already achieved great change for London, and we’re making a visible impact on hundreds of lives.

Explore our case studies below to find out more about the projects we’re supporting, and discover how we’re helping to transform London for the better.

KINGS CRESCENT ESTATE, HACKNEY

Overlooking Clissold Park in Stoke Newington is the Kings Crescent Estate, originally built in 1971. Today, we’re working with Hackney as part of their Building Council Homes for Londoners programme to transform the estate and bring greater benefits to new and current residents alike.

Regeneration of Kings Crescent Estate aims to restore community pride by renovating existing buildings, and creating new structures in the place of unpopular high-rise blocks, which were demolished in the late 1990s. Hackney have led on the regeneration of the estate from day one, and our team have been alongside them, supporting their ambitions and helping to unlock the wider scheme.

Within the 765-homes masterplan, 275 existing properties will be transformed with balconies and winter gardens, and 490 are new build homes. Phase 1 is now complete, and Phase 2 is due to start in March 2020. This will result in hundreds of new affordable homes, improvements to existing homes and new amenities for all to enjoy.

 

BLACKWALL REACH, TOWER HAMLETS

The £500m regeneration project at Blackwall Reach is part of a key partnership between Swan Housing Association, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the GLA. The development will deliver over 1,500 new homes in Tower Hamlets of which around half will be affordable for social rent and shared ownership.

The scheme, which will be completed by 2026, also includes new community facilities, commercial units and improved access to Blackwall DLR and local amenities through enhanced public realm.

As part owner of the land, and key funder, the GLA has been critical in unlocking the development and supporting the transformation of this area. The Housing & Land team works closely with both the Borough and developer as key client and partner, working with them on every aspect of the scheme.

Phase 1a of the project has already delivered 98 new affordable homes for people living and working in Tower Hamlets, including leaseholders and tenants from Robin Hood Gardens, enabling them to remain in the local area. This phase also delivered a new regional housing office for Swan; a replacement mosque, an extended local school and The Reach, a fabulous new community facility at Blackwall.

Phase 1b delivers an exclusive collection of 242 market sale and genuinely affordable apartments, all providing spacious living areas and versatile winter gardens. The wider community will benefit from a beautiful courtyard square featuring boutique shops and cafés. Close to Blackwall DLR these homes, the majority of which are private sale, will help cross-subsidise the affordable housing across the project.

Beautifully positioned around a tranquil park and landscaped areas, 268 new homes in Phase 2 will enjoy excellent views and peaceful living next to a revitalised Millennium Green. Innovative design meets traditional architecture at Parkside West, replacing the west block of Robin Hood Gardens with a mix of new social, affordable and private sale homes.

Phase 3 will complete the transformation of the existing Robin Hood Gardens site by constructing over 300 new homes on the eastern half of the park. Overlooking the Millennium Green, these homes will enjoy unparalleled views unlike anywhere else in east London, making its residences, a mixture of social, shared ownership and private homes highly desirable.

Severe Weather Emergency Provision

Whenever the temperature is expected to fall below zero in any part of London, our team makes sure there are enough emergency beds throughout London so that rough sleepers can escape the cold.

Working with St Mungo’s, the Mayor has also funded additional outreach workers. When Londoners refer a rough sleeper for help using the handy StreetLink app or website, it is these outreach workers who help the person sleeping rough to access help, to both get them in from the bad weather and find a permanent route off the streets. Since the service was launched in 2012, many thousands of people have been helped to find accommodation away from the street.

ABBEY ESTATE

Abbey Estate was built during the 1960s and was comprised of 278 residential units over two 20-storey, one five-story and one seven-story blocks. The original estate was split across two sites, located on opposite sides of Abbey Road, immediately north of its junction with Belsize Road.

We’re proud to support Camden Council’s ambitious estate regeneration programme, which is co-funded through its 15-year Community Investment Programme (CIP). Work began to regenerate the Abbey estate back in 2010. Overall, there will be 445 homes on the regenerated estate of which 60% will be available for social rent. The recently completed first phase was opened by the Mayor in March and consists of 141 new homes built on the site of a multi-storey car park.

The Mayor has made Affordable Housing Grant available to support the delivery of 66 homes for affordable rent in phase 1. This includes 10 wheelchair units which were funded under the Mayor’s Specialist and Supported Housing Programme.

The transformation also includes the provision of new health and community facilities in phase 1 and 2 which will make more land available for homes in the final phase. A further funding allocation has been approved under the Mayor’s Building Council Homes for Londoners Programme to support the delivery of homes for affordable rent in phase 3.

WATTS GROVE, TOWER HAMLETS

Located in Bow Common, near to the Limehouse Cut, the Watts Grove development delivered 148 new homes, 100% of which are genuinely affordable. The project was developed in response to the acute housing crisis in Tower Hamlets, which has some of the longest waiting lists in London for new affordable homes.

Tower Hamlets is committed to tackling this by providing 5,500 new affordable homes for residents to rent. Watts Grove is one of a series of projects that is helping to solve this crisis.

Our team supported the development of Watts Grove with £6.8m of affordable housing grant, which helped unlock the scheme. Fifty percent of the new homes are let on social rents (traditional rent levels for council homes), and 50% are let on Tower Hamlets Living Rents, therefore 100% affordable. Ten percent of the units are accessible by wheelchair, and have been individually adapted to suit the needs of the residents.

Our team have worked closely with the Borough throughout the scheme, and across their wider Council house building programme to help support and fund their developments, and unlock new genuinely affordable homes for residents of Tower Hamlets.