A £24m project providing 112 new homes has had its "topping out" ceremony on site

Representatives from Peabody and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, including Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough, Cllr Rock Feilding-Mellen, joined main contractor Mace at an event to celebrate reaching this key stage in the construction.

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.

The group standing with shovels(L-R) Cllr Judith Blakeman, Cllr Feilding-Mellen, Jeremy Stibbe, Warren Alexander-Pye

Due for completion in November 2015, the scheme will provide 45 larger properties for social rent, 39 shared ownership, and a further 28 homes for sale on the open market to help pay for the work.

There will also be a new retail unit, a community facility and hub, public garden and private communal garden with children’s play space. 

Delivering homes

“I am delighted we have reached this stage in the development of the Silchester estate," said Cllr Feilding-Mellen. We have been working on improving Silchester for many years and it is gratifying to see the partnership with Peabody showing concrete progress. 

"Not only are we delivering new affordable homes for local people, but we are also improving the public realm and creating new facilities for the residents of the existing estate. We hope to find similar opportunities for such improvements on other estates across the borough.”

Building communities

Jeremy Stibbe, our Executive Director of Development and Sales, said: “Peabody has been an agent for social and physical improvement in London for over 152 years. We’re delighted to continue that tradition at Silchester, working with the Royal Borough to provide beautifully designed homes to rent and buy where people will be proud to live. We’re also creating great open spaces, and facilities which will become an integral part of the wider community.” 


Warren Alexander-Pye, Project Director for Mace at Silchester, said: “We are proud to be celebrating this significant milestone in the project’s delivery. It has given us a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to all those involved in the project to date.

"Mace is looking forward to continuing to work with Peabody and RBKC until completion of this project and reinforcing our strong working relationship. We feel privileged to be delivering a project that reflects the quality and heritage of the Peabody estate as well as being part of the first steps towards the regeneration of North Kensington.”