Affordable homes scheme for North Kensington
Work has begun on 112 new homes on the Silchester Estate.
Work has begun on 112 new homes on the Silchester Estate, W10, comprising 45 larger properties for social rent, 39 smaller properties for shared ownership and a further 28 smaller homes for sale on the open market.
The homes are being built as a result of a partnership between the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, who provided the land and £3 million, and Peabody, which is also investing in the scheme and project managing the building programme. A ground breaking event was held on the site to commemorate the start of works.
The event was attended by the Leader of the Royal Borough, Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown; Deputy Leader, Cllr Rock Feilding-Mellen and the Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Tim Coleridge; together with Claire Bennie, Director of Development from Peabody and representatives of the main contractors, Mace.
Cllr Feilding-Mellen said: “We have been working on this project for a number of years and I am delighted that we are now making our plans a reality. We need to have more affordable properties in the borough and this scheme is an excellent way of providing it. It is important that we have a mixture of ownership in the development as it helps us to preserve the mixed community we so value."
Claire Bennie, Peabody’s Development Director, said: "We are privileged to be building a large scheme in this central borough which we believe will provide beautifully designed homes, landscape and artwork to benefit both new and existing residents at Silchester Estate."
Warren Alexander-Pye, Project Manager for Mace, said: "We are very excited to start works on Silchester, and look forward to working alongside Peabody and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to deliver a project that reflects the quality and heritage of Peabody estates."
The work is expected to be complete in March 2015, but the first tenants will begin moving in May 2014.
Notes to Editors
The Silchester estate plans received a commendation in the residential category at the New London Architecture Awards held on 11 July.
Founded in 1862, Peabody is one of London’s oldest and largest charitable housing associations, providing over 20,000 homes for around 55,000 people across the capital.
Peabody also provides a wide range of community services, including employment and training programmes; health and well-being initiatives; activities for younger and older people; welfare benefits advice; and financial inclusion and family support programmes.
Peabody has a development pipeline of around 2,800 homes, 1,250 of which will be delivered before March 2015.
Our mission is to make London a city of opportunity for all by ensuring as many people as possible have a good home, a real sense of purpose and strong feeling of belonging.
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