Lewisham Homes has received the ‘virtual’ keys to lead the borough’s first council housing development in 30 years.
The new build project will see six new family homes built in place of unused and dilapidated garages in Mercator Road in Lee, the first of 100 new council homes to be built under the partnership.
Lewisham Homes was set up to improve housing in the borough and is a major local employer, currently managing 18,000 homes on behalf of Lewisham Council. It has led a range community development projects and is now venturing into building new homes through its partnership with the local authority.
The Mercator Road development is part of the New Homes Better Places programme – a joint initiative between Lewisham Council and Lewisham Homes – which will build 250 council homes over the next four years.
The four three-bedroom and two two-bedroom homes will be energy efficient and have private family gardens containing bike stores, refuse and composting facilities.
Julia Cotton, resident and of Chair of Lewisham Homes Board, said: “It’s very exciting to be a part of the first new homes to be built for council tenants for 30 years, both as Chair of the Lewisham Homes’ Board, but also as a local resident. We desperately need more social housing in Lewisham and this programme will provide some fabulous new homes for local families.”
Lewisham Homes Chief Executive Andrew Potter said: “There is a tremendous need for housing in London and we’re proud to be in partnership with the Council to oversee this development. It’s an important step in Lewisham Homes’ journey, and part of our commitment to investing in thriving neighbourhoods. It means we can now look forward to seeing the first council homes built in the borough for a generation, and using modern designs that people will love living in.”
Lewisham Homes will work with London-based construction company, Rooff Limited, to build the first six new homes in Lee. The homes are designed by PTEa Architects, specialists in the creation and revitalisation of neighbourhoods.
As part of the project, Lewisham Homes and Rooff will seek to provide high quality employment, training and business opportunities.
Works will also include improvements to transform the current unsightly and underused surrounding areas for residents on the estate. Expected completion for the six new homes is January 2015.